Man Who Shot Himself Outside White House Identified

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
March 5, 2018US News
Man Who Shot Himself Outside White House Identified
Heavy police presence is seen outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the United States Secret Service on March 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo credit should read ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Authorities said the man who shot himself outside the White House on Saturday, March 3, was a 26-year-old from Alabama.

Cameron Ross Burgess of Maylee killed himself outside the White House North Lawn.

Washington police officials released his identity on Sunday.

Maylene is a small community in Shelby County, Alabama.

Burgess graduated from Auburn University in Spring 2013, a school spokesman confirmed to He lived in student housing near the campus. Previously, he graduated from Thompson High School Class in 2009.

Burgess also lived in Birmingham before. It’s not clear what his job was or when he arrived in the nation’s capital. Alabama records indicate that Burgess had no criminal history apart from a speeding ticket from 2010.

The Secret Service said in a statement that Burgess approached the area shortly before noon and pulled out a handgun.

Burgess then fired several rounds, killing himself. None of the shots appear to have been directed towards the White House.

No other injuries were reported at the scene, although video footage showed people nearby fleeing after hearing the shots.

A witness told the Washington Post that Burgess shot himself in a crowd of more than 100 people.

Philipos Melaku-Bello said he was standing nearby when the shots were fired.

“Guns again!” Melaku-Bello heard someone shout. “Guns again!”

A vehicle nearby belonging to Burgess was searched and multiple items were taken from the car by Secret Service personnel.

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US Secret Service officers and crime scene police inspect a car reportedly belonging to a man who shot himself at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 3, 2018. (THOMAS WATKINS/AFP/Getty Images)

The remains of Burgess were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The Secret Service said that no member of the First Family was at the White House during the incident.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump were in Florida at Mar-a-Lago during the incident.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told NBC News that Trump was briefed on the incident.


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