Trump abruptly leaves press conference; says there was shooting outside White House

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President Donald Trump was ushered to leave a press conference at The White House minutes after it began because of a shooting outside the grounds involving the Secret Service and someone described by Trump as a “suspect.”

About three minutes into the briefing, Trump was praising a rise in the stock market when a man walked up to him, said something and Trump left the briefing room. 

Trump returned about five minutes later to announce that there was a shooting outside the White House grounds and someone was shot by Secret Service agents. Trump said it was a suspect who was shot and that “someone has been taken to the hospital.” Trump said he did not know the condition of the suspect.

Reuters White House reporter Jeff Mason tweeted that the briefing room doors were locked after the president left.

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