The White House is in lockdown after reports of shots fired at the North Lawn of the White House. NBC News’ Geoff Bennett provided the following updated on Twitter!
BREAKING: We're sheltering in place at the White House briefing room. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent. Trying to learn more.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) March 3, 2018
Bennett told MSNBC on Saturday afternoon that a Secret Service agent ran into the briefing room to tell reporters they’d have to take shelter. He said he saw officers carrying long guns, getting into defensive positions and aiming their guns at Pennsylvania Avenue.
This weekend, the president is down at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
It is now being reported by the Secret Service that a man shot himself in from the of the White House.
A man has shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington, the Secret Service says.
It said the man approached the White House’s fence on Pennsylvania Avenue just before noon local time (17:00GMT) before taking out a handgun and firing several shots.
No one else was injured, according to police.
President Donald Trump is not at the White House, but at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
The man was in a large crowd when he fired the gun, the Washington Post reports, citing witnesses.
A video posted to Twitter shows many people running away from the scene.
— Florian Luhn (@FlorianLuhn) March 3, 2018
The man’s name has not been released.