John FritzeDavid JacksonCourtney Subramanian
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump was abruptly removed from the briefing room on Monday during a press conference with reporters because of a shooting about a block away from the White House.
The president was in the middle of his opening statement when an aide who appeared to be a member of the Secret Service came to his side and escorted him off the podium. Trump returned to the room after a few moments and reported that there had been a shooting outside the White House.
"It was law enforcement shot someone, it seems to be the suspect. And the suspect is now on the way to the hospital," Trump said.
Secret Service shot the suspect outside the fence, near the White House, he said. Washington, D.C., officials said that first responders took a man with a gunshot wound to an area hospital. The person was in serious, if not critical, condition.
The U.S. Secret Service said one of its officers was also transported to a hospital.