Secret Service: Male shot himself to death near White House

Gunman arrested for suicide attempt in front of White House

Authorities have identified the man who fatally shot himself in front of the White House.

Burgess reportedly shot himself amid a crowd of more than 100 people who fled after the gunfire. No suicide note was found, but incoherent sentences were found in a book recovered on the scene, CNN reported.

The incident occurred just before noon, putting the White House on a lockdown while reporters were temporarily sent down to the basement.

The area north of the White House was cleared and cordoned off. Police also draped yellow crime-scene tape along a full block of nearby K St., where authorities were searching a parked auto.

President Trump was in Florida at the time of the shooting, and he spent the night at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach estate.

"The remains of Mr. Burgess have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy".

NBC's White House correspondent Geoff Bennett said: "We're sheltering in place at the White House briefing room". "The President has been briefed".

U.S. Secret Service agents stand guard on the north side of the White House after a man shot himself in front of the White House, Washington D.C., the United States, on March 3, 2018. Police said pictures, documents and several items were taken from his vehicle after a bomb squad did several sweeps. "Now sheltering in place in basement area of Briefing Room".

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