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Trump rushed off Nevada stage in gun scare

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Trump rushed off Nevada stage in gun scare

US Republican Donald Trump was rushed off stage by security agents at a rally in Reno, Nevada, last night after a false alarm as someone in the crowd shouted "gun" during scuffles with a man who held up a 'Republicans against Trump' sign.

The incident occurred as Mr Trump and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton crisscrossed the United States a late push to win over undecided voters.

Two security agents seized Mr Trump by the shoulders and hustled him backstage as police officers swarmed over a man in the front of the crowd and held him down and searched him before escorting him away with his hands behind his back.

Mr Trump, seemingly unruffled, returned to the stage and continued his speech after a short time, saying "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us" and adding "We will never be stopped."

After being released, the man who was apprehended told CBS News Reno affiliate KTVN-2 that he was a Republican supporter who attended the rally to express his opposition to Mr Trump.

"I came here with this sign expecting boos ... But it was just a sign," Austyn Crites said.

In a statement, Mr Trump thanked the Secret Service, Reno andNevada law enforcement for "their fast and professional response."

Meanwhile, a man with a firearm who was spotted walking near the White House led US authorities to briefly lock down the property as a precaution.

A uniformed secret service officer confronted the unidentified man on Saturday afternoon as he walked along Pennsylvania Avenue near Madison Place, on the eastern side of Lafayette Park in the US capital.

The man was placed under arrest after a brief struggle and turned over to the Washington DC police department.

He faces several charges, including carrying a firearm without a licence, carrying unregistered ammunition and resisting arrest.

President Barack Obama was not at the White House at the time. He was in Maryland, playing golf at Andrews Air Force Base.