Police identify man who shot self outside White House

Police identify man who shot self outside White House

The Secret Service said there were no other reported injuries.

The male who shot himself along the White House's north fence on Saturday morning is dead.

Outside the White House several blocks are closed down by the Secret Service after reports a person allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police in Washington DC confirmed that an "adult male has been declared deceased".

White House security was also considerably tightened around the perimeter.

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department will lead the investigation of the shooting, the Secret Service said in the statement.

President Donald Trump is not at the White House, he's in Florida, but is set to return later Saturday. "Our natural death squad is on the scene".

The name of the man has yet to be released to the public as authorities are scouring for his relatives.

Traffic was brought to a standstill and journalists sheltered in the briefing room during the incident. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent. "Trying to learn more".

CBS News security analyst Ron Hosko said: "You can get pretty darn close to the White House with a weapon". None of the shots appeared to have been directed at the White House.