US Secret Service: Man dead after shooting himself outside of White House

People in the White House sheltered in place after a man allegedly shot himself on the north fence of the White House on Saturday afternoon. The man died, but no one else was hurt in the shooting.

WASHINGTON — A man who shot himself outside of the White House Saturday morning died a few hours later, according to the U.S. Secret Service.

D.C. police identified the man as 26-year-old Cameron Ross Burgess, of Maylene, Alabama.

Law enforcement personnel told WTOP’s J.J. Green that the victim came up to the fence and stood outside for a few minutes before taking a concealed handgun weapon from his pocket.

Speaking for the Secret Service, Mason F. Brayman said the man approached the fence shortly before noon and fired several rounds from a handgun. Brayman says none of the shots appear to have been directed toward the White House.

No one else was reported to be hurt in the shooting.

The President and first lady were not at the White House during the time of the incident; they were in Florida.

Vehicle and pedestrian traffic around the White House was affected.

D.C. police, the Secret Service and other law enforcement organizations will lead the investigation into the shooting.

Media outlet Al.com reported that an Auburn University spokesman said Burgess graduated from the school in 2013. The newspaper reports that state records for Burgess revealed no criminal history.

The Associated Press and WTOP’s J.J. Green and Patrick Roth contributed to this report.

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