A news conference at the White House took an untoward turn on Monday after the U.S. Secret Service agents shot a mystery man on his torso, as the suspect raced rather “aggressively” towards the agents.

The Secret service squad stated that the man in question claimed to be armed and was found lurking around the fence at the edge of the White House grounds. The unforeseen incident had the secret service abruptly escort President Trump out of the press room amid the briefing, only to have him return a couple of minutes later.

“It was a shooting outside of the White House,” said Trump. “It seems to be very well under control. ... But there was an actual shooting, and somebody has been taken to the hospital. I don't know the condition of the person,” he added. What led to the chaos was the fact that the doors to the media room were locked shortly after Trump was escorted out, leaving the reporters stuck indoors.

The President was discussing stock markets at the press meet. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought were rushed out of the room.

The suspect was later identified as a 51-year-old man and was rushed to a local hospital along with the secret service agent. The USSS released an official tweet soon after. It read: “The investigation into a USSS officer-involved shooting is ongoing. 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.”

Trump maintained a stoic demeanor all through the briefing, despite reports having prodded him about his take on the entire scenario, and whether he was rattled by the incident. To which Trump responded, “Do I seem rattled?” he further added, “It's unfortunate that this is the world, but the world's always been a dangerous place. It's not something that's unique.”

While not much has been divulged about the suspect’s condition, a further probe is underway to understand whether the individual in question was suffering from any mental illnesses. A report by the Associated Press stated that The District of Columbia fire department had previously marked that a man had endured deep injuries.

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