The gunfire just outside of the White House abruptly overtook President Trump’s daily press briefing on Monday. It also prompts the Secret Service to pull the president away from the lectern of the briefing room.
The Secret Service later said that, a uniformed service officer shot at a 51-year-old man. In fact, the man had a handgun with him. He also fired towards to an object near to the officer, crouching “in the manner of a sniper”. The officer fired his gun, shooting the man in the chest.
They took both the suspect and the officer to hospitals; but the statement by the Secret Service does not explain why the officer had taken to hospital.
The incident took place near the White House building, at 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave.
The report stated the Pro Duty Secret Service Office should investigate the act of the officer. The police department in Washington, D.C. has notified for investigation.
Just a few minutes into Trump’s late afternoon press conference, a Secret Service agent informed the president he had to leave the building. Media members locked the doors to the briefing room inside.
Minutes later, Trump returned to the podium to tell reporters the Secret Service had shot that someone outside the White House. The man was in an unsafe condition when rushed to the hospital. However, the Secret Service reported the shooting.
Trump’s Reaction after Incidence
“It seems situation was under control very well. I would like to thank the Secret Service for their very good and always fast work,” Trump said.
It was his understanding that they already shot the shooter; but it was still unclear what led to the shooting, or if something connected it to the president, Trump said. He further said the Secret Service was preparing an update on the matter.
When asked if he had been “ranked” by the shooting, Trump replied casually: “I don’t know. Do I seem to rattle by someone or something?”
“The world has always been a dangerous place. It’s not anything special. You look back through the years, the world has been a dangerous place, a very dangerous place. It will continue for a long time, I suppose.”
Spokesman for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Doug Buchanan, confirmed that at around 5:55 p.m. the Secret Service had called for help “for a gunshot wound patient”. They treated the adult male for critical, life-threatening injuries at the scene, Buchanan said. It transported to a nearby hospital.
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