- The secret service clarified the White House was not breached during a nearby shooting incident and its protectors were not in danger
- Investigations into the incident led by the Metropolitan Police department had began
- A related incident was reported in November 2019 during which one person was arrested after an unauthorised vehicle tried to enter the White House
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United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump was whisked away from a press briefing on Monday, August 10, after a shooting incident near the White House.
The 45th US head of state was abruptly led out of the Covid-19 briefing by a secret service agent who whispered into his ear in the middle of a press conference.
The incident was confirmed by the US secret service in a statement on Tuesday, August 11.
"At approximately 5:53pm today, a 51-year-old male approached a US secret service uniformed division officer who was standing at his post on the corner of the 17th street Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House complex. The suspect approached the officer and told him he had a weapon.
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"He then turned around and ran aggressively towards the officer, and in a drawing motion, withdrew an object from his clothing. He then crouched into a shooter's stance as if about to fire a weapon. The secret service officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual in the torso," part of the statement read.
The secret service said the White House was not breached during the incident, adding it would conduct an internal review into the officer's actions and had invited the Metropolitan Police department to conduct an investigation.
White House in lockdown
After briefly being escorted to the Oval Office and the White House put on lockdown, Trump returned to continue with his press briefing nine minutes later.
He told reporters he was not "shaken" by the incident.
"It might not have had anything to do with me. Do I seem rattled? 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 world has been, if you look back over the centuries, the world has been a dangerous place," he said.
A related incident was reported in November 2019 when one person was arrested after an unauthorised vehicle tried to enter the White House.
The US secret service said the vehicle drove too closely to another which was lawfully entering an external complex checkpoint, raising suspicions.
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