President Donald Trump walked away from his media briefing as he began a news conference on Monday and reporters indicated that gunshots had been fired outside of the White House.
A man spoke to the president as he was speaking to the media and he calmly walked out of the briefing room, ending his news conference.
Video of the exchange was circulated on social media.
BREAKING: President Trump abruptly ends briefing and leaves briefing room. #MTPDaily https://t.co/16ea8WgxTR— Meet the Press (@Meet the Press)1597096574.0
Reporters said that the room went into lockdown mode temporarily.
TRUMP EVACUATED from White House press briefing room by US Secret Service. An agent locked the briefing room doors… https://t.co/aofFSmtFYk— Jennifer Jacobs (@Jennifer Jacobs)1597096423.0
John Roberts of Fox News said he heard gunshots and saw the Secret Service spring into action moments before the president ended his briefing. The Secret Service indicated someone was struck by the gunshots and that they were rendering aid.
Spectators outside of the White House posted videos of action being taken by law enforcement officials.
Sounded like a gun shot right outside the White House. Secret service making press clear the lawn. Law enforcement… https://t.co/yc7vC4YMeV— @skylerhenry (@@skylerhenry)1597096436.0
The president returned to the media briefing after several minutes and indicated that law enforcement had shot someone near the White House. He said that person had been taken to a nearby hospital.
Here's more about the incident from CBS News:
Trump says Secret Service shot armed suspect outside the White House www.youtube.com
Update: This story has been updated with additional information.