Trump rushed off stage in Reno after someone yells 'gun;' authorities say no weapons found

A member of the Secret Service pulls Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from the stage at a campaign rally in Reno, Nev., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/John Locher)

RENO, Nev. (KRNV/KRXI) - Donald Trump was rushed off the stage at a rally in the Reno-Sparks Convention Center Saturday after someone shouted that a protester had a gun.

Trump was speaking to the crowd when Secret Service agents rushed to his side and pulled him to the back of the room.

An incident broke out near the front of the stage involving a man carrying a sign in protest of Trump. Several attendees had pinned him down to the ground, and he was then escorted out of the room by law enforcement officers and taken to a bathroom inside the building.

KRNV's Ben Margiott reported at about 7:25 p.m. that the man, who identified himself as Austyn Crites, had been released from detainment. Crites said in an interview that he had a "Republicans Against Trump" sign and nothing else.

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

He continued: "All of a sudden, because they couldn't grab the sign, or whatever happened, bam, I get tackled by all these people who were just, like, kicking me and grabbing me in the crotch and just, just beating the crap out of me.

"And somebody yells something about a gun, and so that's when things really got out of hand," he said. Crites told reporters he thought he would have been killed if law enforcement hadn't quickly responded.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway tweeted that it was a "scary incident." No injuries were reported.

Trump returned to the stage a few minutes later to finish the rally, telling supporters, "Nobody said it was going to be easy for us, but we will never be stopped."

An eyewitness to the incident said people in the crowd yelled that the person apprehended had a weapon, but Secret Service agents and law enforcement did not call out for a weapon as they took him away.

A microphone seemed to catch an agent who was escorting Trump off stage say, "Gun, go."

The U.S. Secret Service released a statement saying someone shouted "gun," but no weapons were found after authorities searched Crites and the convention center. The Secret Service and the Reno Police Department are conducting an investigation.

A Reno Police spokesman has directed requests for comment to the Secret Service.

Trump continued with his scheduled appearance in Denver for later in the day. He did not mention the incident in Reno at the start of his speech.

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