(UPDATED) Breaking: Security Guard at Family Research Council Building Shot and Injured

A security guard working at the Family Research Council building in Washington, D.C. was shot and injured earlier today. The suspect is reportedly in FBI custody.

According to Politico, "an adult male was shot in the arm and was conscious and breathing after the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital."

The Family Research Council is a major right-wing Christian evangelical organization. The group has attracted criticism for its ardent conservative positions on issues ranging from gay rights to abortion. 

This post will be updated as more information emerges:

UPDATE: The Washington Post's Paul Duggan and Mihir Zaveri add more details:



D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said the shooter walked into the lobby of the building at about 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard as if the guard was asking him where he was going.

The man then took out a gun and opened fire on the guard, Lanier said. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for police, she said. The guard was then taken to the hospital and is in stable condition, the chief said...


James McJunkin, the head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said authorities do not yet know why the person entered the building or why he started shooting.

“We don’t know enough about him or his circumstances to determine what his connection is to this group [the research council] or his mental state, or what he was doing or thinking of doing,” McJunkin said. “So we’re going to try to sort this all out, pull the evidence together, do all the interviews we can.”

McJunkin and Lanier said they did not yet know whether the FBI or the D.C. Police would take the lead on the shooting investigation.

“The possibility is that it could involve circumstances that it could involve a federal crime that would be investigated by the FBI,” McJunkin said. .

The building is not far from the Verizon Center and the Gallery Place Metro station in one of the busiest places in the city. It is near several museums, restaurants and shops and was teeming with tourists on Wednesday.

Authorities advised drivers to use H and E Streets during the police investigation.



AlterNet / By Alex Kane

Posted at August 15, 2012, 9:27am

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