Tourists who were in the area shared reports of hearing ‘shots fired’. They were unaware if there was any threat to them or anyone else.

Within minutes of the shooting, the Secret Service calmed panic.

‘Secret Service personnel are responding to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of White House.

‘No other reported injuries related to the incident,’ it tweeted.

President Trump is aware of the shooting, according to White House officials.

He spent the morning golfing in Mar-a-Lago and had not long returned to his residence there when news of the shooting emerged.

On Saturday, he tweeted about the ‘mainstream media’ and the US’s trade deficit but did not mention the shooting.