Secret Service agents of the US shot a man outside the White House who was claiming to be armed. The President of US Donald Trump was escorted out of a news conference after the man was shot.
The incident happened one block from the compound, said the Secret Service. The incident happened when an officer fired on the man who was running aggressively towards him.
After the firing, an agent walked on the stage and escorted Mr Trump away. Further, the President returned on the stage later and said that the situation was under control.
The incident happened on Monday, said the US Secret Service, on the corner of the 17th street and Pennsylvania Ave, which is outside the perimeter of White House.
It said a 51-year-old man, who has not been identified, approached the officer, told him he had weapons and assumed a “shooter’s stance”, whereupon the officer shot him in the torso.
However, the Secret Service did not say if the man was armed. It added that “both the officer and the suspect were then taken to hospital”, and that “at no time during this incident was the White House complex breached”.
After Mr Trump and his staff left, doors to the briefing room were 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 harboured any ill intentions towards him.”It might not have had anything to do with me,” the president said.
A journalist asked Mr Trump if he was rattled by the events. He replied: “Do I seem rattled?”
The president added: “It’s unfortunate that this is the world, but the world’s always been a dangerous place. It’s not something that’s unique.”
The news agency also reported that authorities were looking into whether the individual has a background of mental illness.