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

A man fatally shot himself in the head Saturday outside the north White House fence line, according to Washington, D.C., police and the Secret Service. Brayman says none of the shots appear to have been directed toward the White House.

President Donald Trump, who was in Florida at the time of the shooting, was informed about it, according to news reports. Reporters at the White House were told to shelter in place during the ongoing incident. "We're working to notify next of kin", a police department spokesperson emailed USA TODAY.

The president was briefed on the shooting.

In May of 2016, and armed Pennsylvania man was shot in the chest by a Secret Service agent as the man approached a White House guard booth.

He went on to note that individuals can "get pretty darn close to the White House with a weapon", a fact that has played out in various ways.

"No other persons were injured as a result of this incident to include Secret Service and responding law enforcement and medical emergency response personnel".

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