US president abruptly left a news briefing then returned moments later saying law enforcement shot an armed suspect.
US President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted from the White House briefing room on Monday shortly after a shooting outside the fence surrounding the complex.
Trump returned to the media room after several minutes and said a person had been shot by law enforcement and to the hospital. He said he understood the suspect had been armed.
“It was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump said.
“It seems to be very well under control. … But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don’t know the condition of the person.”
He said the shooting was near the fence at the edge of the White House grounds.
Nobody else was wounded in the shooting, Trump said. He praised the Secret Service response and said the agency would have more details on the event later.
“There were no details – we just found out just now,” Trump told reporters.
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to queries about the incident.
Minutes into a news briefing, Trump was taken out of the room with no explanation for the disruption. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought were also taken out of the room and the doors were locked.
Trump told reporters he was taken to the Oval Office outside the briefing room after he was escorted out.
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