President Trump rushed from briefing room

A senior administration official tells ABC News a suspect opened fire on a non-White House employee just outside the White House, on the corner of 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.
4:02 | 08/11/20

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Good evening as we come on here in the west tonight and we begin tonight with that unsettling moment that played out late today at the White House president trump and the briefing room he had just started talking about the court of virus. About mail in voting about the markets would suddenly. He's approached by what was believed to be a Secret Service agent whispering to him to leave a short time later. The president and returning saying there was a suspect shop not far from the White House. This was the moment as it played out live on cable news. Could see the president in a briefing room there it is difficult to hear but that's the agent telling him what's just happened. Petit the president leaving the briefing room all of this playing out on live TV an alarming moment. To what to president of the United States forced to leave in the middle of a briefing a short time later he did return and this is what the president said that the Secret Service told the. So thank you very much for that the there was a shooting. Outside of the light us and seems to be very well under control I'd like to think the Secret Service for doing. There it. Always quick and very effective work that there was an actual shootings and somebody's been taken to the hospital I don't know the condition of the purse seems that the person who is. Was shot. By Secret Service. So we'll see what happens in and day out do you get something done. There are no details we just found out just now. It was outside of the White House this area right over here. And they'll have details Wheeler well somebody is taken to the hospital it seems that the shooting was done by law enforcement at that person. At the suspect it was this suspect who was shot. And this just took place a couple of people outside. I notice a man named John Roberts who you know. He reported that he heard jets he was excited he heard two shipments. We don't know that it. There's going to finally individuals anything sir and we don't know. We don't know that it is Secret Service. It seems to be yes that was the president late today hour Keira Phillips was in the briefing room has this all played out and she has late reporting tonight what happened. Tonight president trump at the podium addressing reporters when suddenly he's interrupted by the Secret Service. The president clearly caught off guard as he's whisked out of that briefing room. From inside the briefing room I could hear what sounded like a gunshot Secret Service agents immediately locking down the briefing room. And securing the entire White House grounds. Reporters peering through the windows trying to figure out what just happened. Nine long minutes later the president walking back in telling us a student had happened just outside the White House fence. There was a shooting. Outside and light us and seems to be very well under control. This was the scene outside. Law enforcement swarming the area as senior administration official telling ABC news a suspect opened fire on a non White House employee. Secret Service returning fire. You know and it didn't say anything served and we don't. We don't know. The president thanking the Secret Service for quick action. Lacey rattled. Then going back to the briefing as if nothing ever happened. David the president telling me that he was taken to the oval for his safety and brief there. As for the adult male suspect at this hour we can tell you he's in critical condition. With one gunshot wound to the upper body David. Torture of Phillips who was in the briefing room as his played out here.

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