Trump confirms shooting outside White House

Trump confirms shooting outside White House

U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed that a shooting had occurred outside the White House.

Earlier, the U.S. leader was escorted from the White House briefing room by Secret Service agents. Trump returned to the media room several minutes later and said a person had been shot by law enforcement and taken to the hospital. He said he understood the suspect had been armed.

"It was a shooting outside of the White House," Trump told reporters. "It seems to be very well under control. "But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person," Trump said, adding that the person had been shot by the Secret Service.

The doors to the White House briefing room were locked shortly before Trump was escorted out, Reuters reported.

Nobody else was wounded in the shooting, Trump said. He praised the Secret Service response and said the agency would have more details on the event later.

Trump told reporters he had been taken to the Oval Office, which is in the West Wing near the briefing room, after he was escorted out.

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