Man Shoots Himself Outside the White House [UPDATING]

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The U.S. Secret Service responded Saturday to an incident allegedly involving a man who “suffered a self-inflicted gun shot wound” at the White House’s north fence line. White House reporters were shuttled into the basement, where they were “on lockdown,” before being moved into the press briefing room, according to CBS News.

At the time of the incident, President Donald Trump was in Florida, spending his 100th day in office at one of his golf clubs and raising money for his presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee.

According to the Secret Service, no other injuries were reported. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House are being affected, the agency added.

Update, Saturday, 1:05 p.m.: While the White House remains in lockdown, the president has not yet responded. He has, however, tweeted three times since it unfolded, including an attack on members of the U.S. news media.


Meanwhile, a video posted to Twitter appears to show pedestrians running away from the White House after the gunshot, or gunshots, rang out. Emergency vehicles can be seen and heard rushing to the scene.


Update, Saturday, 1:32 p.m.: As the FBI and DC police investigate, along with the Secret Service, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said Trump has been briefed on the shooting, USA Today reported.


Update, Saturday, 4:26 p.m.: The man who shot himself outside the White House around noon on Saturday has died, CNN reported. Police are withholding the man’s identity pending notification of relatives. He reportedly fired several rounds before shooting himself in the head. No other injuries were reported, and Secret Service agents did not fire any shots.

Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais (AP)

Update, Sunday, 2:11 p.m.: The Metropolitan Police Department has identified the man who shot himself outside the White House on Saturday as 26–year–old Cameron Ross Burgess of Maylene, AL.

“At approximately 11:46 am, Burgess approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House,” the department said in a statement.


According to, Burgess had no criminal history except a 2010 speeding ticket.

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