The incident happened at the fence at the North Lawn on Saturday at noon
Immediately, journalists tweeted that they had been told to shelter in place
The Secret Service announced minutes later that a person had shot himself
The man has not yet been identified and police continue to work at the scene
The president was not inside at the time – he and Melania were in Mar-a-Lago
Trump is on his way back to Washington DC to attend the Gridiron dinner
The White House was put in lockdown on Saturday afternoon after a man shot himself dead at the North Lawn.
The shooting happened at around noon and sparked panic inside as staff were told to shelter in place.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Political journalists sheltered in the briefing room and tweeted first about the incident.
Not long afterwards, the Secret Service said it was a person who had shot themselves.
The president is at Mar-a-Lago with the First Lady and Barron. He is due to return to Washington DC on Saturday.
NBC’s White House correspondent Geoff Bennett tweeted first about the incident .
‘We’re sheltering in place at the White House briefing room. A report of “shots fired” near North Lawn, per a U.S. Secret Service agent.
‘Trying to learn more,’ he said.