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article imageSecurity guard shot at Family Research Council's D.C. building

By Leigh Goessl     Aug 15, 2012 in Crime
Washington - A man is in custody after shots rang out at a downtown Washington, D.C. building. The shooting took place this morning at about 10:45 a.m. at the Family Research Council, located on G Street.
According to WJLA, a man entered the Family Research Council and allegedly made a statement in the building about the group before opening fire.
The man, who has not been identified but is described as being in his late 20s, was led out of the building in handcuffs and is in custody of the Federal Investigation Bureau (FBI). At this point authorities are not sharing a motive and are declining to speak about what happened in the moments before the shooting.
"We don't know enough yet about him ... or mentally what he's thinking," said James McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office.
WJLA reported "multiple sources told ABC 7's Jennifer Donelan "that the overtones of his statement led to federal law enforcement officials becoming involved in the investigation."
It is not known whether or not the organization's conservative stances on social issues was a motive. The group is described in the media as being a "conservative Christian lobbying group." The FRC's website has information listed in various categories such as "Marriage, family and sexuality", "Life and Bioethics" and "Religious Liberty". Its website tagline states "Advancing faith, family and freedom."
The Hill this afternoon reported the security guard is listed in stable condition.
"The security officer here is a hero as far as I'm concerned. He did his job. The person never made it past, farther than the front door," DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, reported CNN.
The Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued a statement about the shooting which said, "The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family."
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