Donald Trump was evacuated from a press conference after shooting at the White House

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, had to be abruptly evacuated from a press conference, following a shooting alert in the vicinity of the White House. The Secret Service reportedly killed a man carrying a weapon near the presidential palace.

Donald Trump returned to the White House press room minutes later, the incident happened while the president was giving statements to local media, exactly at 5:55 a.m. local time. After reappearing in the room, he stated «There was a shooting outside the White House and it seems to be under control», also thanked the quick action of the special agents, «I would like to thank the Secret Service for always doing their job quickly and very effectively.»

The US president also reported that the suspect had been shot by the Secret Service, the agency in charge of Trump’s security, “There was a real shooting. Someone was taken to the hospital, I don’t know his condition. It looks like this person was shot by the Secret Service, so we’ll see what happens. «

The shooting would have occurred at the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, only 250 meters from the White House, the subject would not have passed the containment fences. During the Donald Trump emergency, he was not taken to the bunker, a special shelter under the White House, but to the presidential office.