Man kills himself near White House

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The man who fatally shot himself outside the White House on Saturday has been identified as a 26-year-old Alabama resident.

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

According to the Washington Post, the gunman committed suicide amidst a group of 100 people.

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Donald Trump was not at the White House when the shooting occurred shortly before 5pm United Kingdom time (12pm USA time), as he is at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but he was swiftly briefed about it shortly afterwards, the White House said.

The suicide took place a week after an armed Tennessee woman slammed her vehicle into a security barrier near the White House.

A video posted to Twitter shows many people running away from the scene.

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

The man's name has not been released.

A White House official told Fox News: "The White House is aware of the situation and the president's been briefed". Tensions were heightened because Mr. Trump was home at the time. He did not appear to be aiming for the White House. They are scheduled to return for a dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

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