US Secret Service revealed Saturday a man shot himself outside the White House while President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in Florida, according to the Guardian.
The Secret Service said on Twitter personnel were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound along the north fence line of [the White House]”.
The White House was placed on lockdown. Members of the press tweeted that they were sheltering in place in the briefing room.
A subsequent message from the Secret Service said: “Medical Personnel are responding to the male victim.” The DC police department said its “natural death squad” was at the scene.
In Florida, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters: “We’re aware of the incident. The president has been briefed.”