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Witnesses report multiple shots fired near White House fence

One man was reportedly injured from an apparently self-inflicted wound Saturday morning just steps away from the White House’s north fence.

As the Washington Post reported, witnesses say the individual was standing by himself, but among a group of more than 100 other people, when shots rang out.

One man standing nearby as part of an unrelated peace vigil said he heard two rapid bangs before a the ensuing commotion began.

Another witness posted a short video of the aftermath along with an alert that the area was quickly “locked down.”

After a bystander shouted an initial warning and people began running away from the scene, at least one woman can be heard crying.

“Do you think that was shots?” she asked.

According to a law enforcement source cited by CNN, the man is believed to have shot himself and there were no other injuries reported.

As first responders rushed to the scene, the U.S. Secret Service provided updates through a series of tweets.

At the time of the shooting, President Donald Trump was reportedly at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort with first lady Melania Trump ahead of Saturday evening’s Gridiron Club Dinner in D.C.

Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley indicated the president had “been briefed” on the incident, but offered few additional details.

“We are aware of the incident,” he said, referring reporters to the Secret Service for additional updates.

In a statement to CNN, Secret Service spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan did not provide any information about the victim’s identity or condition.

She did confirm that agents did not fire any shots in their response to the situation.

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