Man who killed himself outside White House was 26-year-old Alabama resident, police say

March 5, 2018 in News, The Buzz

Law enforcement officers at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, close the area to pedestrian traffic, Saturday, March 3, 2018. A man apparently shot himself along the north fence of the White House midday, according to the Secret Service, which also said he was being treated for the wound. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Law enforcement officers at Lafayette Park across from the White House in Washington, close the area to pedestrian traffic, Saturday, March 3, 2018. A man apparently shot himself along the north fence of the White House midday, according to the Secret Service, which also said he was being treated for the wound. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

WASHINGTON (AP) – Police have identified the man who fatally shot himself outside the White House on Saturday as a 26-year-old Alabama resident.

Cameron Ross Burgess, of Maylene, Alabama, approached the White House’s north fence line about 11:46 a.m., pulled out a handgun and fired several shots – none of which were directed at the White House, D.C. police said Sunday.

Burgess was standing before a crowd of more than 100 people when he shot himself, according to witnesses. After pulling the gun, those in the crowd reported, he fell to the ground as onlookers fled.

A police spokeswoman explained the department does not typically announce the identities of suicide victims, but Saturday’s case was an exception because of the public nature of the shooting.

Burgess’s remains were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy, D.C. police said.