Trump evacuated from briefing room due to shooting outside White House premises

  • President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from a press briefing on coronavirus on Monday evening just minutes after he began speaking following a shooting outside of the White House.
  • "There was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person," Trump said after he returned to the White House briefing room shortly afterward.
  • "It was the suspect that was shot," Trump added. He said that no one else was injured, but that it was his understanding that the suspect had been armed.

President Donald Trump was abruptly evacuated from a press briefing on coronavirus on Monday evening just minutes after he began speaking because of a shooting outside of the White House.

"There was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person," Trump said after he returned to the White House briefing room shortly afterward.

"It was the suspect that was shot," Trump added. He said that no one else was injured, but that it was his understanding that the suspect had been armed. The shooting took place near the White House fence, Trump said. 

Law enforcement officials told NBC News that one man was shot in the chest and taken to George Washington University Hospital while unconscious. 

The briefing room was placed on a lock down immediately after the president exited, according to a pool report.

The press conference was interrupted almost as soon as it began after an aide approached the president and appeared to tell him that he would have to step outside. Trump followed the aide out of the room, and sheltered in the Oval Office, he said.

The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

Trump said that he was not shaken by the incident. 

"Do I seem rattled?" he said. "The world has been, you look back over the centuries, the world has been a dangerous place, a very dangerous place."

Trump said the Secret Service would provide a full briefing.  

The president returned to briefing reporters on the state of the economy after taking questions on the shooting, touting the rising stock market. 

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