Washington: A man shot himself to death as he stood near the fence along the north side of the White House, in the absence of President Donald Trump, sources said.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump were in Florida at the time.
The security agency said they had identified the shooter but were withholding his name until they could notify next of kin. The Metropolitan Police Department will lead an investigation into the shooting with the support of the Secret Service.
The incident began at about 11:46 am. (local time) yesterday when the man approach the fence, “removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House, assistant special agent in charge for the Secret Service, said in a statement.
The Security agency alerted the public to the incident following reports of a lockdown at the White House. They reported that there were no other injuries relating to the incident.