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USA: Man kills himself; eyewitness recounts shooting near White House01:52

USA: Man kills himself; eyewitness recounts shooting near White House

United States, Washington, D.C.
March 3, 2018 at 21:22 GMT -00:00 · Published

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "Two rounds were shot off by twenty feet away from the main fence, not the bicycle routes which are some feet away from the main fence. So I heard one round, that's the one that got my attention, I turned my head. By the time I heard the second round and my eye was definitely looking that direction, all I could see was his body go to the ground. I don't know if the first round and the second round were from the same gun or if it was one round and then it was maybe secret service taking him down but definitely..."

SOT, Reporter: "You saw somebody drop?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "Yeah, yeah, I saw him."

SOT, Reporter: "On our side of the fence or like they had made it over?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "No, no, they didn't make it over the fence. They were still about twenty feet from the fence, right in front where the paramedics are right now, right there."

SOT, Reporter: "I know that you said you kinda heard it and you looked over but is it your impression that secret service shot him?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "What I'm saying is there is two shots that went off and I'm not gonna... if I definitely knew, if I saw an agent with his hand and pointed, I'd be answering that but I don't want to say, hear-say, it might be so but I'm not gonna give hear-say."

SOT, Reporter: "Sure and can you tell me what they did after that? They cleared out?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "It wasn't half a second before they started yelling 'Everybody out of the park, out of the park, out of the park...H3, H3, H3."

A man fatally shot himself outside the White House fence in Washington D.C., Saturday, according to the US secret service.

"Two rounds were shot off about 20 feet away from the main fence … I don't know if the first round and the second round were from the same gun or it was one round and then it was maybe secret service taking him down," said Philipos Melaku-Bello, a peace activist who was outside the White House at the time of the incident.

"It wasn't half a second before they started yelling 'Everybody out of the park, out of the park, out of the park," he added.

US President Donald Trump is currently at his estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

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SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "Two rounds were shot off by twenty feet away from the main fence, not the bicycle routes which are some feet away from the main fence. So I heard one round, that's the one that got my attention, I turned my head. By the time I heard the second round and my eye was definitely looking that direction, all I could see was his body go to the ground. I don't know if the first round and the second round were from the same gun or if it was one round and then it was maybe secret service taking him down but definitely..."

SOT, Reporter: "You saw somebody drop?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "Yeah, yeah, I saw him."

SOT, Reporter: "On our side of the fence or like they had made it over?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "No, no, they didn't make it over the fence. They were still about twenty feet from the fence, right in front where the paramedics are right now, right there."

SOT, Reporter: "I know that you said you kinda heard it and you looked over but is it your impression that secret service shot him?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "What I'm saying is there is two shots that went off and I'm not gonna... if I definitely knew, if I saw an agent with his hand and pointed, I'd be answering that but I don't want to say, hear-say, it might be so but I'm not gonna give hear-say."

SOT, Reporter: "Sure and can you tell me what they did after that? They cleared out?"

SOT, Philipos Melaku-Bello, White House Peace vigil activist: "It wasn't half a second before they started yelling 'Everybody out of the park, out of the park, out of the park...H3, H3, H3."

A man fatally shot himself outside the White House fence in Washington D.C., Saturday, according to the US secret service.

"Two rounds were shot off about 20 feet away from the main fence … I don't know if the first round and the second round were from the same gun or it was one round and then it was maybe secret service taking him down," said Philipos Melaku-Bello, a peace activist who was outside the White House at the time of the incident.

"It wasn't half a second before they started yelling 'Everybody out of the park, out of the park, out of the park," he added.

US President Donald Trump is currently at his estate in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

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