Family Research Council shooting: Security guard shot in arm, suspected gunman in custody

Posted: August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout – 8-15-12

A security guard at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Family Research Council was shot on Wednesday.

Police and agents from the FBI and ATF are investigating the shooting.

“Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said in a brief statement. “Our concern is for him and his family.”

According to a spokesman for the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, the suspected gunman entered the lobby of the building in downtown Washington at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday morning. He was confronted by the security guard and opened fire.

The guard was shot in the left arm, police said. The gunman was tackled and then taken into custody.

“As far as I’m concerned, the security officer here is a hero,” Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said.

There were initial, conflicting reports on the unidentified guard’s condition. According to the Associated Press, the guard “is conscious and breathing” and is being treated at a local hospital.

“Bomb-sniffing dogs patrolled outside at building at Eighth and G streets after the shooting,” the Washington Examiner said, noting it was “standard protocol.” According to the paper, news of the shooting prompted several Washington-based conservative groups—including Americans for Tax Reform—to tighten security.

The Family Research Council is a Christian organization and conservative lobbying group that “promotes the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system.” Its motto is “advancing faith, family and freedom.” The group opposes gay marriage and abortion.

According to a Fox News source, the shooter “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard.”

Authorities are treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism, Fox News said.

Wednesday’s shooting–the fourth high-profile case in as many weeks–comes a little more than a week after seven people, including the gunman, were killed in a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. The FBI said it was treating the temple shooting as domestic terrorism.

On Monday, a man killed two people—including a Texas constable—during a 30-minute gunfight near the Texas A&M University campus. The shooter, Thomas “Tres” Caffall, opened fire when the constable tried to serve him an eviction notice, police said.

On July 20, a gunman opened fire at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a midnight screening of “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 and wounding 58.

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