Trump abruptly leaves press conference after shooting outside the White House

Trump abruptly leaves press conference after shooting outside the White House

The Secret Service said it is investigating a shooting incident that occurred near the White House complex on Monday.

The president said he had briefly been escorted back to the Oval Office but that shooting was now "under control". The suspect then crouched into a shooter's stance as if about to fire a weapon.

Trump returned to the media room several minutes later and said a person had been shot by law enforcement and taken to the hospital.

The Secret Service said that a male subject and a Secret Service officer were both transported to a local hospital. "But I take full responsibility for my actions that night and really regret that I hurt people that I care about very, very much". "It might not have had anything to do with me, it might have been something else", he said.

The president lauded the swift response of the Secret Service, which he said would provide more details on the shooting later.

Westerhout also told Doocy that she didn't even vote for President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election.

The U.S. Secret Service wrote on Twitter: "The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer-involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave".

Trump had been mid-sentence during the first attempt at the briefing when the Secret Service agent came into the room and asked him to leave.

"There was a shooting outside of the White House".

CNN's Erica Hill on Tuesday weighed in on President Donald Trump potentially delivering his Republican National Convention nomination acceptance speech at the historic Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg, PA.

The doors to the White House briefing room were locked shortly before Trump was escorted out. "He was outside and he heard two shots", he added.

Video showed law enforcement tending to the person on the ground.

Asked by reporters whether he felt threatened by the incident, Trump said he had the utmost confidence in his security team.

"It's unfortunate that this is the world, but the world's always been a risky place".

Trump told reporters he gave no thought to not resuming the briefing once the Secret Service told him it was safe to do so.

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