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Trump rushed off stage by security officers after gun scare at Nevada rally

White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers Saturday after a gun scare during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada.

us presidential election Updated: Nov 06, 2016 22:30 IST
Members of the Secret Service rush Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump off the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada.
Members of the Secret Service rush Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump off the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nevada.(AP Photo)

White House hopeful Donald Trump was bundled off stage by security officers Saturday after a gun scare during a campaign appearance in Reno, Nevada. Security officers said later that no gun was found at the rally venue.

The 70-year-old Republican tycoon reappeared several minutes later after the incident, declaring: “Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped, never ever be stopped.

“I want to thank the Secret Service. These guys are fantastic. They don’t get enough credit. They don’t get enough credit. They are amazing people.”

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Just before the fracas, Trump could be seen shielding his eyes from the lights in order to peer into the crowd as a struggle broke out.

There were signs of a fracas in the audience as three agents led Trump away, shielding his body, but once a suspect was in custody Trump returned to resume his stump speech.

A man is escorted by law enforcement officers moments after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was rushed offstage by Secret Service agents during a campaign rally in Reno. (AP Photo)

Television footage showed a white male suspect pinioned on the ground by officers and searched, before he was led away by local law enforcement, including an armed response team in tactical dress with rifles.

The candidate appeared unrattled by the scuffle and spoke with his usual self-confidence, finishing his planned remarks and accepting the applause of the crowd before returning to his campaign plane safely.

“I would like to thank the United States Secret Service and the law enforcement resources in Reno and the state of Nevada for their fast and professional response,” he said in a campaign statement.

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A CNN reporter at the venue cited unnamed local law enforcement sources as saying there had been a report of a gun in the crowd and a suspect in custody.

No weapon found

The US Secret Service said on Saturday night an incident at a campaign event for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Reno, Nevada, began when someone shouted “gun” but no weapon was found.

“Immediately in front of the stage, an unidentified individual shouted ‘gun.’ Secret Service agents and Reno police officers immediately apprehended the subject. Upon a thorough search of the subject and the surrounding area, no weapon was found,” the Secret Service said in a statement.

“A thorough investigation is ongoing at this time by the US Secret Service and the Reno Police Department,” it said