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Man dead after shooting himself outside White House, D.C. police say

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Police say a man shot himself in front of the White House. Zachary Devita has more on the story.
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WASHINGTON — The man who reportedly shot himself outside the White House Saturday has been declared dead, according to Washington D.C. police. 

“His body remained on scene. We’re working to notify next of kin,” a police department spokesperson emailed USA TODAY.

President Trump is in Florida and not at the residence.

The White House was put on lockdown for more than two hours over the incident.

Police sealed off traffic on streets near the White House, and Pennsylvania Avenue was  shut to pedestrians. Officers with rifles patrolled the area.

On 15th Street, clusters of tourists were held at street corners. Many were checking smartphones for news reports on the incident. “I guess we won’t be walking to the White House today,” one man said.

Sirens blared throughout the mid-day and a chopper hovered overhead at one point. 

“We’re aware of the incident. The president has been briefed,” White House spokesman  Hogan Gidley said. 

The president spent the morning at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla.Trump is expected to return to Washington D.C. this evening to attend the annual Gridiron Dinner hosted by Washington political journalists.

This is the second lockdown at the White House in less than 10 days. A Tennessee woman intentionally rammed her car into a barrier outside of the White House on Feb. 23.

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