A shooting outside the White House on Monday briefly overtook President Trump’s daily news conference, leading Secret Service to call the president away from the briefing room lectern. Later the Secret Service said a uniformed Secret Service officer had shot a 51-year-old man who said he had a gun and pointed an object at the officer, crouching in “a shooter’s stance.” The officer fired his weapon, striking the man in the torso.
The suspect and the officer were both taken to hospitals, but the Secret Service statement doesn’t specify why the officer was taken. The incident took place at 17th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. near the White House complex. The statement said the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility will review the officer’s actions, and Washington, D.C.’s police department was contacted to investigate. Just a few minutes into Trump’s late afternoon press briefing, a Secret Service agent told the president he needed to leave the room, and the doors to the briefing room were locked with members of the media inside. Minutes later, Trump returned to the podium to inform reporters that the Secret Service had shot someone outside the White House, and the person was being transported to the hospital in an unknown condition. The Secret Service later confirmed the shooting and said that both an adult male and one of its officers had been transported to the hospital. [full article]