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Donald Trump rushed off stage under weapons threat; no gun found

By Yvette C. Hammett
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlines his healthcare plan during a speech to supporters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Nov. 1. Trump was rushed from a rally stage Saturday in Reno, Nevada when someone in the audience shouted "gun." No weapon was found, but a Trump detractor was briefly detained without further incident. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump outlines his healthcare plan during a speech to supporters in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania Nov. 1. Trump was rushed from a rally stage Saturday in Reno, Nevada when someone in the audience shouted "gun." No weapon was found, but a Trump detractor was briefly detained without further incident. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

RENO, Nev., Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was rushed from a rally stage Saturday after someone in the crowd shouted "gun." No weapon was found, but a Trump detractor was taken in to custody briefly, then released without charges.

Trump returned to the stage to finish his speech without further incident.

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A Secret Service representative said an "unidentified individual" shouted "gun after a man carrying a "Republicans Against Trump" riled up the crowd, CNN reported.

The man, later identified as Austyn Crites, 33, was detained by a throng of police, SWAT officers and Secret Service armed with assault rifles. After a short time in a side room, he was released.

Trump, upon his return to the stage, thanked the Secret Service for their efforts. After the rally, he issued a statement thanking law enforcement for their "fast and professional response," adding that "nothing will stop us — we will make America great again!"

Crites told reporters the whole incident occurred after he pulled out his sign. He said a group of people assaulted him, trying to take his sign, before someone shouted that he had a gun.

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"When I pulled out the sign, people around me were trying to grab the sign," Crites said. "And so all that was occurring was booing, of course. That's what you would expect."

Crites said people tackled him and started "kicking me and grabbing me in the crotch and just, just beating the crap out of me," the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, in Florida, a press bus full of reporters covering Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine, was hit at high speed while traveling with the senator. No immediate injuries were reported. Kaine was riding in the motorcade several vehicles ahead of the press bus.

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