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.
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.