WASHINGTON (WJZ) — A man and a U.S. Secret Service officer were taken to a D.C. hospital following a shooting near the White House Monday evening, the agency said.
The shooting happened at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue — outside the White House gates — while President Donald Trump was holding a news conference.
In a statement Monday night, the Secret Service said the 51-year-old man approached the officer and said he had a weapon. The man then turned around, ran toward the officer and pulled something from his clothing.
When the man crouched into a “shooter’s stance,” the agency said its officer shot him in the torso.
“At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger,” the Secret Service tweeted.
Officials did not provide details about the man’s or the officer’s conditions.
While the president was briefing reporters, an official whispered something to him, leading him to temporarily end the news conference and leave the room.
Trump later said he was taken to the Oval Office before returning to the briefing room.
DC Metropolitan Police will investigate the shooting.