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Man shoots himself near Lincoln Memorial, officials say

A helicopter landed near the Lincoln Memorial on Nov. 8 after a man was found seriously injured with gunshot wounds. (Video: Sam Fortier/The Washington Post)

A man was found shot and seriously wounded Monday night near the Reflecting Pool and Lincoln Memorial, according to authorities and witnesses.

A spokesman for the National Park Service said the man shot himself.

About 7:25 p.m., the U.S. Park Police took an individual “from the Lincoln Memorial plaza to a hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Mike Litterst, a Park Service spokesman.

The man was not identified.

Litterst said in an email that the area remained closed pending an investigation at the scene.

Details of the man’s condition were not known.

It is not clear whether anyone saw what happened.

Witnesses said the man was found on the steps leading to the Reflecting Pool from the plaza in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

A gun was apparently found nearby.

Based on witness accounts, the man was apparently found by bystanders. A witness said he appeared to be in his early 30s and was wearing a green T-shirt with an American flag.

According to one account, two nurses nearby tried to administer CPR.

The Lincoln Memorial is one of the most visited sites in Washington. However, the topography restricts visitors’ view of the steps leading down to the Reflecting Pool.

No further information about the circumstances was available.

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