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Trump abruptly escorted out of briefing room after Secret Service shoots man near White House

U.S. President Donald Trump was abruptly escorted by a U.S. Secret Service agent from the White House briefing room as he was beginning a coronavirus briefing Monday afternoon. He returned minutes later, saying there was a "shooting" outside the White House that was "under control."

"There was an actual shooting and somebody's been taken to the hospital," Trump said.

The president said the shots were fired by law enforcement. 

"It was the suspect who was shot," Trump said.

He said the shooting was near the fence at the edge of the White House grounds.

The Secret Service said in a tweet "the investigation into a USSS officer involved shooting is ongoing. A male subject and a USSS officer were both transported to a local hospital. At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger."

Trump said he was escorted to the Oval Office by the agent. The White House was placed on lockdown following the incident.

The shooting took place near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation who were not authorized to speak publicly about it. Law enforcement officials were still trying to determine the suspect's motive.

The man was transferred to a local hospital, and the District of Columbia fire department said he suffered serious or possibly critical injuries. Authorities were investigating whether the individual has a history of mental illness.

Trump praised the work of Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe before resuming his briefing. Asked if he was shaken by the incident, Trump asked reporters: "I don't know. Do I seem rattled?"

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with a Secret Service agent before leaving a coronavirus pandemic briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

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