President Trump Whisked Out of Press Room Due to Shooting Near White House
4:24 p.m. PT – A police source told TMZ the suspect would be armed and had been shot in the upper right chest. The suspect was taken to hospital and is in critical condition.
President Trump was abruptly removed from his coronavirus briefing in what appeared to be an immediate threat – but returned shortly to say it was due to a shooting outside the White House.
Trump’s Monday night press conference was interrupted by a Secret Service agent telling him he had to leave, and it was reported that the WH was briefly locked down as the press were asked to clean the lawn outside .
However, the Prez returned a few minutes later and told reporters there had been a shooting outside and someone had been taken to hospital. He says Secret Service agents were responsible for the shooting, which he says happened just outside the property at 17th and Pennsylvania Ave.
The video showed law enforcement dealing with the person on the ground.
Trump says he waited in the Oval Office until he had everything cleared up and told officers he wanted to return for his regular questions and answers.
He returned to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic – or as he again puts it, the “Chinese virus” – and the economy.
The police are still on the scene to investigate the shooting.
Originally Posted – 3:45 p.m. PT
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