Several shots were heard on Pennsylvenia Avenue after a man approached the north fence of the White House and shot himself shortly before 12 PM. According to witnesses, the man was in a large crowd when he took out a concealed handgun and fired several times, but none of the shots appear to have been aimed at the presidential building. Cathy Milhoan, a Secret Service spokesperson, reported that the man has since died and nobody else was hurt, while White House personnel did not fire any shots.
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were not inside the building, but at Mar-a-Lago, in Florida, when the incident happened. They were scheduled to return to Washington later on in the day for the annual Gridiron Club Dinner.