Unidentified man shoots, kills self near White House: Secret Service

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The man who fatally shot himself in front of the White House has been identified as a 26-year-old from Maylene, Alabama.

The man approached the fence lining with a concealed gun and proceeded to fire multiple shots, according to the Secret Service agents in a CNN report, which were not targeted at the White House.

The incident is said to have affected traffic around the White House.

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The Secret Service says a man shot himself outside the White House, and medical personnel are on the scene.

The Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department is taking the lead in the investigation, the Secret Service spokesperson said.

Authorities have since confirmed that the man has died as a result of gunshot wounds to the head.

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Law enforcement personnel spent about four hours Saturday afternoon searching a maroon Honda Accord with an Alabama license plate parked on the street near the Capital Hilton hotel, a few blocks from the White House, a Secret Service source said. "Our natural death squad is on the scene".

The shooting sparked panic inside the building, with staff and journalists told to take shelter.

Correspondents who were in the White House at the time were put on lockdown in the press briefing room following the incident. "Trying to learn more".

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It is unclear if the incident was politically connected in nature, although CBS News security analyst Ron Hosko said that will be one thing law enforcement would look into as they investigate. None of those rounds appeared to have been aimed at the White House, the agency said.

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