A man is reported to have shot himself outside the in , the says. It tweeted that agents were “responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted wound” outside the north fence.

President Donald Trump is not at the , but at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. On 23 February, a car drove into a security barrier outside the building. A 35-year-old woman was detained.

The Secret Service said that medical personnel were responding to a male victim. It said no one else has been reported injured in the latest incident.  DC police said on Twitter that their “natural death squad” was on the scene.

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Geoff Bennett, correspondent for NBC News, said that journalists were “sheltering” in the press briefing room. Mr Trump is with First Lady Melania Trump in Florida. They are scheduled to attend a dinner in on Saturday evening.

Tourists mill outside the north fence of the White House
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Image captionThe incident took place near the north fence of the White House

There have been a number of security incidents at the White House in recent years. In March last year, a man armed with pepper spray spent more than 16 minutes inside the grounds after jumping the fence.