White House guards shoot person, briefly evacuate Trump

Member of the U.S. Secret Service stand outside the White House, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, in Washington, as a news conference by President Trump was paused by a security incident outside the fence of the White House. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A shooting outside the caused US President to abruptly leave his press conference minutes after it started on Monday, he said.

Secret Service guards shot a person, who was apparently armed, outside the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump said just after being briefly evacuated in the middle of a press conference.

The president was abruptly ushered out of the press event and black-clad secret service agents with automatic rifles rushed across the lawn north of the White House.

Minutes later, Trump reappeared at the press conference, where journalists had been locked in, and announced that someone had been shot outside the grounds.

"Law enforcement shot someone, it seems to be, the suspect. And the suspect is on the way to the hospital," he said.

Trump said he knew nothing about the identity or motives of the person shot, but when asked if the person had been armed, answered: "From what I understand, the answer is yes."

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