US President Donald Trump was escorted out of a news conference after Secret Service agents shot and wounded a man who claimed to be armed outside the White House.
The Secret Service said the incident occurred a block from the association, when an officer shot at the suspect who had been driving “aggressively” against him.
An agent then went on stage when Trump spoke and led him away.
The president returned minutes later to say that the situation was under control.
The US Secret Service said the incident occurred on Monday at the corner of 1
It said an unidentified 51-year-old man approached the officer, told him he had a weapon and assumed a “shooter’s stance”, after which the officer shot him in the upper body.
The Secret Service did not say if the man was armed. It added that “both the official and the suspect were then taken to hospital”, and that “the White House complex was not disturbed at any point during this incident”.
After Trump and his staff left, the doors to the information room were locked with the journalists inside.
When the president returned nine minutes later, he said: “Legislation shot someone, it seems suspicious.”
He said he did not know if the person had any bad intentions towards him.
“It may not have had anything to do with me,” the president said.
A journalist asked Trump if he laughed at the events. He replied, “Do I look like a laugh?”
The president added: “It is unfortunate that this is the world, but the world has always been a dangerous place. It is not something unique.”
The District of Columbia Fire Department said a man suffered serious or possibly critical injuries, according to the Associated Press.
The news agency also reported that the authorities investigated whether the individual has a background of mental illness.