Man shoots himself near White House

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A team of secret service officials and other staff members was dispatched to the location of the incident to ensure safety in and around the White House.

Law enforcement personnel spent about four hours Saturday afternoon searching a maroon Honda Accord with an Alabama license plate parked on the street near the Capital Hilton hotel, a few blocks from the White House, a Secret Service source said.

The incident took place in the absence of the US President Donald Trump as he was on a visit to Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

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Washington DC police earlier said on Twitter that their "natural death squad" was on the scene.

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

The suicide took place a week after an armed Tennessee woman slammed her auto into a security barrier near the White House. A report of "shots fired" near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent.

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Secret service officers did not fire any shots, she revealed. The security team has further briefed the President about the incident. They are scheduled to return for a dinner in Washington on Saturday evening.

Last week a woman named Jessica Ford was charged with ramming a van into the barrier at the White House.

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