Authorities say a man has killed himself on the steps of the Ohio Statehouse.

State Highway Patrol officials tell the Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1PLjHX3 ) that the man shot himself outside the front door of the Statehouse on Monday evening.

Lt. Craig Cvetan (suh-VEHT'-ehn) says the 23-year-old man from the Columbus suburb of Franklin Township died at the scene. He says the man was not a state employee.

Cvetan says it's unclear why the man killed himself.

Authorities say nobody saw the shooting, but the man was seen on Statehouse grounds just before the gunshot.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com