UPDATE — 2:44 p.m. EST: Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department has identified Saturday’s White House suicide shooter as 26-year-old Cameron Ross Burgess from Maylene, Ala., a 2013 graduate of Auburn University.
The Washington Post reported over 100 tourists were standing close to Burgess when he shot himself to death.
The Secret Service said late Saturday morning a person described as a “white male” fatally shot himself directly in front of the White House.
According to a spokesperson who spoke with CNN, the man approached the fence of the White House in a manner that did not convey his ultimate intention.
The Secret Service said the man shot his cellphone and fired several shots before pointing the weapon at himself, but no suicidal evidence was discovered.
“The subject approached the vicinity of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds, none of which appear at this time to have been directed towards the White House,” a Secret Service statement read.
President Trump was at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., with his wife Melania at the time of the incident, but was expected to return to Washington, D.C., in the afternoon for the annual Gridiron Club Dinner.
Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department is in charge of leading the investigation.
The Secret Service has discovered the shooter’s real name, but will not reveal it until his family is notified.
After the active shooter situation ended, a bomb squad swept a maroon-colored Honda Accord with Alabama tags close to the White House which law enforcement removed supposed evidence from.
CNN confirmed with the Secret Service that the suspect’s car was in the same area of the car being searched, located in the vicinity of the Capital Hilton hotel.
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