• Mary Harrison

Man shoots himself outside White House


On Saturday, March 3, 2018, a young man shot himself with a handgun at the north fence of the White House. There were no injuries besides the suicide victim, who died at the scene, NBC reports. No other motive has been released.

Around noon, 26-year-old Cameron Burgess fired several shots while standing in a crowd on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House. According to BBC, none of the rounds were fired toward the White House. He was found with “a gunshot wound to his head,” NBC cites from a police report.

The Secret Service ordered those in the White House to shelter in place for about 45 minutes while they investigated the incident. They also closed roads around the executive mansion for a period of time.

Burgess’ car, parked at a nearby hotel, was searched, and police apparently commandeered a number of “pictures and documents,” as well as other things, according to AL.com.

Cameron Ross Burgess lived in Maylene, Al., and graduated from Auburn University in 2013. Apart from “a speeding ticket,” he had no criminal record, Al.com reports.

President Donald Trump and his wife were at Mar-a-Lago in West Palm Beach, Fla., when the incident occurred, according to CBS, and were briefed about the incident there before returning to Washington later on Saturday.

According to several sources, this follows another recent incident at the White House, when on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, a woman slammed her car into a barrier near the executive mansion.

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