Shootings near the White House during Trump's press conference
US President Donald Trump was led out of a press conference after Secret Service had agents shot and wounded a man who claimed to be armed outside the White House.
The Secret Service said that the incident had happened one block from the compound when an officer fired on the suspect who was running "aggressively" towards him.
An agent, after which walked on stage as Donald Trump was speaking and led him away.
The US Secret Service said the incident happened on Monday on the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave - outside the White House perimeter.
A uniformed Secret Service officer shot and wounded the man during the confrontation near the White House that led to President Donald Trump being abruptly escorted out of a briefing room during a televised news conference Monday, authorities said.
The White House complex, however, was not breached and no one under Secret Service protection was in danger, said Tom Sullivan, chief of the Secret Service Uniformed Division.
The name of the man and his condition were not released by Tom Sullivan, Head of the secret service uniform division, the only information that was made available was that he was approximately 51 years of age. The District of Columbia fire department said the man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries.
Sullivan said the man had claimed he was armed, moved towards the officer, and appeared ready to fire before the officer shot him once in the torso. Sullivan did not address whether the man had indeed been armed, however, he did tell reporters that he assumed he had weapons as he took a "shooter's stance”.
The Secret Service did not confirm as to the fact whether the man was armed or not. He also added that "both the officer and the suspect were then taken to hospital”.
After Donald Trump and his staff left, the briefing room was subsequently locked with the journalists inside.
When the president returned nine minutes later, he said: "Law enforcement shot someone, it seems to be the suspect."
He said he did not know if the person had any ill intentions towards him. "It might not have had anything to do with me," the president said.
There was an actual shooting and somebody’s been taken to the hospital,” Trump said. The president also added, “It was the suspect who was shot,” he said.
Trump said that the agent had escorted him to the Oval Office following the incident. The White House was placed on lockdown immediately afterwards.
A review of the shooting by the Secret Service is to be taking place, and the Metropolitan Police Department was also investigating as a standard protocol.
Trump subsequently praised the Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe. A journalist asked if he was shaken by the incident, to which he responded, “I don’t know, Do I seem rattled?”
Reporter: Adithi S