Donald Trump was led out of a briefing room by secret service agents after shots were fired outside the White House.
The US President was escorted out of the room while he was speaking to reporters, with agents whispering in his ear.
Trump said 'oh' before walking slowly towards the room's exit.
He had previously been speaking about the stock market.
Three or four minutes later Trump returned to the briefing room to explain that shots were fired outside the White House, an NBC correspondent reported.
The President returned to the press conference to say the gunman had been shot and was on his way to hospital.
He said: “There was a shooting outside the White House, and it seems to be very well under control.”
Trump was not taken to the security bunker but instead spent several minutes in the Oval Office.
Trump praised the work of Secret Service personnel for their work in keeping him safe.
When asked by a reporter if he was rattled by the incident, the President said: "I don't know, do I seem rattled?"
It is not the first time that the White House has been shot at.
On November 11, 2011 Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, an unemployed 21-year-old man, fired a semi-automatic rifle at the building.
At least seven bullets hit the second floor.
The security services did not realise the shooting had taken place for four days.