Secret Service: Man shot himself near White House

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A man has shot and killed himself outside the White House in Washington, the Secret Service says.

The man fired a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and the Secret Service said there were no other injuries.

The man then fatally shot himself in the head, the Secret Service said.

Witnesses told The Washington Post that a crowd of more than 100 was in the area at the time and that people fled after the shots were fired. "The president has been briefed", a White House spokeswoman said in a statement.

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Nobody else was injured during the incident, according to authorities.

One video posted on Twitter showed hundreds of people sprinting away as sirens blared in the background and emergency vehicles sped toward the scene. The Secret Service and Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department are withholding the victim's name until his family is notified, a Secret Service release stated.

The Secret Service also tweeted that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the White House has been affected by the incident.

The incident took place in the absence of the US President Donald Trump as he was on a visit to Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. Tensions were heightened because Mr. Trump was home at the time. A 35-year-old woman was detained.

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