Man shot by Secret Service outside White House was unarmed: report

David Caplan
August 10, 2020 - 10:07 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The man shot by the Secret Service outside the White House Monday was unarmed, CNN reported Monday night, citing two law enforcement sources.

Earlier in the evening, the Secret Service tweeted, "A male subject and a USSS officer were both transported to a local hospital. At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger."

The incident took place while President Trump was in the midst of his coronavirus briefing, prompting a Secret Service agent to whisk him away from the podium while he was speaking. 

About 10 minutes later, Trump returned to the briefing room and informed reporters that the Secret Service had shot an individual. 

"There was a shooting outside of the White House and it seems to be very well under control," he said. "I'd like to thank the Secret Service for doing their always quick and very effective work but there was an actual shooting. Somebody has been taken to the hospital but I don't know the condition of the person. It seems that the person was shot by Secret Service."

He explained, "It was outside of the premises -- near the fence, but outside the premises."  

About 30 minutes later, the Secret Service confirmed the shooting, tweeting, "The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene. More information to follow."

When the briefing resumed, Fox News' John Roberts told Trump, "I heard two shots in rapid succession just after you took the podium."

Trump said the Secret Service agent who ushered him away from the podium whispered in his ear, "Sir, can you come with me?"

The president said he did not go to the White House bunker, saying, "I was taken out to the Oval Office."

When asked by a reporter if he was rattled by the incident, he responded,  "I don't know? Do I seem rattled? It's unfortunate ... but the world has always been a dangerous place."