Man fa­tally shoots self out­side White House

Austin American-Statesman Sunday - - FRONT PAGE -

Pres­i­dent Trump was at Mar-a-Lago at the time of the shoot­ing but was briefed on the in­ci­dent.

WASH­ING­TON—Am an standin­ga­lone amid a crowd of more than 100 peo­ple shot him­self along the north fence line of the White House mid­day Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses.

Phili­pos Me­laku-Bello, who was man­ning a nearby peace vigil, said the gun­man was stand­ing just in­side the side­walk on Pennsylvania Av­enue, across from Lafayette Square. Me­laku-Bello heard two shots fired in quick suc­ces­sion be­fore he saw the man drop to the ground as peo­ple fled the area.

The man was iden­ti­fied by the Se­cret Ser­vice and the city’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­part­ment, but his name was not im­me­di­ately re­leased so au­thor­i­ties could no­tify his rel­a­tives.

The in­ci­dent be­gan at about 11:46 a.m. when the man ap­proach the fence, “re­moved a con­cealed hand­gun and fired sev­eral rounds, none of which ap­pear at this time to have been di­rected to­wards the White House,” Ma­son F. Bray­man, as­sis­tant spe­cial agent in charge for the Se­cret Ser­vice, said in a state­ment.

“Guns again!” some­one shouted. “Guns again!”

One video posted on Twit­ter showed hun­dreds of peo­ple sprint­ing away as sirens blared in the back­ground and emer­gency ve­hi­cles sped to­ward the scene.

“Do you think that was shots?” one woman asked, be­fore she be­gan to sob.

No one else was in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the Se­cret Ser­vice, which also said in a tweet that the man was be­ing treated for the wound.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago re­sort in Florida at the time of the shoot­ing but was briefed on the in­ci­dent.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS / AP

Law en­force­ment of­fi­cers gather in front of the White House af­ter the area was closed to pedes­trian traf­fic Satur­day. His iden­tity was not re­leased be­cause au­thor­i­ties had not yet no­ti­fied his next of kin.

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