Man apparently shoots himself near White House, Secret Service says

FBI personnel is seen after a shooting incident forced a lockdown at the White House in Washington D.C

"Adult male has been declared deceased", the Washington D.C. Police Department said on Twitter.

It happened in an area between the Lafayette Square park and the White House that is popular among pedestrians who use it as a cut-through or as a place to take pictures or protest.

A witness told The Washington Post a man shot himself within a crowd of some 100 people.

None of the shots appeared to be aimed at the White House. He is at West Palm Beach in the state of Florida and is expected to return to Washington D.C. Saturday evening.

No others were injured, but the shooting shut down the area around the White House and sent many areas of the capital into lockdown.

Secret Service officers inspect a car reportedly belonging to a man who shot himself outside the White House in Washington D.C

Cameron Ross Burgess of Alabama has been identified as the man who killed himself near the White House on Saturday, Secret Service officials said. A Secret Service source confirmed to CNN that the victim's auto was located in the area where the search of the vehicle took place.

President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time.

White House security was also considerably tightened around the perimeter.

This followed reports of a man shooting himself on the North Lawn on Saturday.

According to U.S. media, Trump has been briefed on the incident and is set to return later today.

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