Published: Mon, March 05, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Crowd Runs After Shot Fired Near White House

Crowd Runs After Shot Fired Near White House

"We're aware of the incident", said White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley from Mar-a-Lago.

The man has not yet been identified.

"The subject is deceased". No other injuries reported.

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

Traffic was brought to a standstill and journalists sheltered in the briefing room during the incident.

"White House now locked down", NBC News photographer Paul Rigney tweeted.

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According to the Mirror, Geoff Bennett, the NBC News White House Correspondent was among the group of people who were working inside, while the incident took place.

No shots were fired by the Secret Service, and a firearm was recovered at the scene, the source said. "Trying to learn more".

CBS News security analyst Ron Hosko said: "You can get pretty darn close to the White House with a weapon".

The White House was placed on lockdown and the surrounding area cordoned off by emergency personnel Saturday after an apparent gunshot was heard. They are scheduled to return for a dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

Secret Service agents raced to the site following the shooting at around 5pm United Kingdom time on Saturday.

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