US President Donald Trump Hustled Out Of Briefing As Secret Service Shoot Outside

The incident, on 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, did not threaten any Secret Service protectees, nor was the White House complex breached, law enforcement officials said.

"The suspect approached the officer and told the officer he had a weapon," Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Tom Sullivan told reporters late Monday. "The suspect then turned around, ran aggressively towards the officer, and in a drawing motion, withdrew an object from his clothing. He then crouched into a shooter’s stance as if he was about to fire a weapon. The Secret Service officer discharged his weapon, striking the individual in the torso."

Sullivan declined to answer reporters' questions about what the object was.

Law enforcement officials gather following a shooting that took place at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue near the White House, Aug. 10, 2020.

According to another source familiar with the matter, the Secret Service called for an ambulance at 5:55 p.m. and one came shortly after. The suspect, described as a 51-year-old male, was transported to a hospital in critical condition with one gunshot wound to the upper body, the source said.

A member of the secret service whispers to President Donald Trump before escorting him from briefing at the White House, Aug. 10, 2020.

Earlier Monday, a source told ABC News that the suspect opened fired on a non-White House employee. Trump also said during the briefing that "from what I understand" the suspect was armed. He said the suspect was shot outside the White House grounds but close to the fence.

"It's unfortunate that this is the world, but the world has always been a dangerous place. It's not something that's unique," he added.

In addition to the Secret Service, the Metropolitan Police Department was assisting with the investigation.

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