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Security Guard Shot at Family Research Council HQ in Washington D.C.: VIDEO

A suspect is in custody after a security guard was shot at Christian lobbying group Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C. earlier today, WJLA reports:

PerkinsThe guard, who was shot in the shoulder, was conscious and breathing after the incident. A suspect, who ABC 7's Jennifer Donelan reports was led out of the building in handcuffs, is in custody.

The suspect was taken into custody by the FBI and was being interviewed. Officials say that they not sure about a motive, however, sources say that the suspect walked into the office, made a statement and opened fire.

It is not known that the suspect said; however, multiple sources tell Donelan that the overtones of his statement led to federal law enforcement officials becoming involved in the investigation.

Authorities did not identify the man or disclose where he was being interviewed. Police and FBI officials said it's too early to know the circumstances of the shooting, which occurred around 10:45 a.m., or whether it was connected to the group's activities.

"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.

Watch a video report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Politico reports: "Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson Officer Araz Alali confirmed to POLITICO that one security guard, an adult male, was shot in the arm at approximately 10:50 a.m. and was conscious and breathing after the shooting. He was transported to a local hospital."

The suspect is in FBI custody.

"The guard was conscious and breathing after the shooting," according to WJLA.

FOX News reports:

The suspect "made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard," a source told Fox News. Authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism.

UPDATE: A bomb squad was reportedly seen entering the FRC building.

Bombsquad

The Family Research Council is one of the most high-profile Christian lobbying organizations in the country. In November 2010, it was designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

WJLA's VIDEO REPORT, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Hope the guy is ok.....

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 15, 2012 12:06:16 PM


  2. And his concern will never be with the families of the LGBT youth he helped drive to suicide, or the victims of hatecrimes, which his life's work has encouraged and fueled.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 12:07:52 PM


  3. LittleKiwi, Please don't go there: we don't know the story yet. The entire incident may have nothing to do with the purpose of the organization. I pray to God it doesn't.

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village | Aug 15, 2012 12:16:08 PM


  4. From FOX:

    "A security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., was shot in the arm by a gunman who sources said expressed disagreement with the conservative group's policy position."

    Hmm...

    While I think it's really awful when people say that the victims of LGBT hate crimes are faking it for attention, one guard shot in the arm really doesn't smell right to me.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 15, 2012 12:16:52 PM


  5. I disagree with violence as the solution and certainly hope we are not lowering ourselves to the rabid right's tactics, but I will wait until there is more info on this to make such conclusions. However, since it is a tactic they have been using against those they disagree with for so long, they can hardly be surprised if it is eventually turned back upon them. I hope the injured party makes a full and speedy recovery.

    Posted by: Kenneth | Aug 15, 2012 12:24:31 PM


  6. a shot in the arm is often like a "shot in the hand" during war.... if you know what i mean.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 12:24:50 PM


  7. Story spun into anti-liberal/LGBT propoganda in 3...2...1...

    Posted by: MateoM | Aug 15, 2012 12:25:19 PM


  8. Kiwi is talking about Perkins' statement, with him we're already there.

    Posted by: John | Aug 15, 2012 12:25:58 PM


  9. False flag attack anyone?

    Posted by: AnonaMoose | Aug 15, 2012 12:27:29 PM


  10. Perhaps I'll be known as the crazy conspiracy theorist, but think about it:

    At first, they could spew any point they wanted against gay people. Enough people were on board with gay-hating and sources of reliable information countering their points wasn't widely available.

    Then we started pushing back. Our equality groups got stronger talking points that debunked their garbage in a minute.

    They started having to prove their arguments in courtrooms. We had lots of studies. So they made one up to try to even the playing field.

    We're able to widely discuss the real, documented violent crimes against gays. So one freaking security guard at the FRC gets shot in the arm.

    They saw the conservative OUTRAGE that was generated by the Chick-fil-A event. This may even turn out to be a greater event to stir up their base. I don't buy it.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 15, 2012 12:28:34 PM


  11. I hope the guard makes a full recovery. I also hope the person who fired the shot gets investigated and, if they are truly guilty of domestic terrorism, gets prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

    As for anti-LGBT propaganda, I'm not concerned at this point. Will they spin it as hard and fast as they can? Of course they will. Since we know it's going to happen, what's the point in worrying about 'if' it happens?

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Aug 15, 2012 12:30:21 PM


  12. did he shoot himself?

    Posted by: say what | Aug 15, 2012 12:34:15 PM


  13. Jesus, you people! There are just plain, old crazy people you know. Sometimes they latch onto a particular 'cause' or belief and end up hurting others. Extremist viewpoints of all kinds [far right, far left, whatever] tend to attract unstable people.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2012 12:39:08 PM


  14. Let me just stress that the word 'alleged' can not be overused in references to this alleged occurrence.

    Posted by: ALLEGED! | Aug 15, 2012 12:43:17 PM


  15. Is this like in the Scream movies when the killers stab/injur each other in order to throw everyone off?

    Posted by: MCJH | Aug 15, 2012 12:57:06 PM


  16. A guy gets shot in the arm. That is hardly life threatening and we're told that he's conscious and breathing. Well, duh. He only got shot in the arm. Now they call in the bomb squad? What?!

    Posted by: Aiden Raccoon | Aug 15, 2012 12:58:46 PM


  17. I'm taking them all at their word that this is what happened. There're plenty of crazies and wackos on our side of the fence who'd wrongly think this was the appropriate way to respond to FRC's bigotry, too. FRC may be batshit, but they know better than to false flag this... they'd get busted, and then that'd be the end of whatever credibility they have with their base. The political calculus for that just doesn't add up. Jumping to conspiracy theories is not a productive way for us to respond to what very likely will prove to be someone from our side doing something that's going to backfire on us all. Getting defensive isn't the way to handle it... we should respond by condemning this violence as loudly and vociferously as we would condemn violence against one of our own. And we should mean every word of it. None of these problems need be solved by violence. The cause for LGBT rights will be won. We don't need to hurt anyone... in fact, it's part of our message that we *won't* hurt anyone. Violence against anyone is violence against everyone, and it's just flatly unacceptable.

    Remember that you're in public when you post to a blog like TR. What you say here has the ability to impact what people on both sides of the issue think. Be a little more thoughtful before you go saying ill-informed things like "it's a conspiracy theory" or "they deserved it"... consider how you'd feel if someone on their side said that about something that happened to one of us. You'd be outraged. That's not progress, that's just more of the same.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 15, 2012 1:00:22 PM


  18. I'm taking them all at their word that this is what happened. There're plenty of crazies and wackos on our side of the fence who'd wrongly think this was the appropriate way to respond to FRC's bigotry, too. FRC may be batshit, but they know better than to false flag this... they'd get busted, and then that'd be the end of whatever credibility they have with their base. The political calculus for that just doesn't add up. Jumping to conspiracy theories is not a productive way for us to respond to what very likely will prove to be someone from our side doing something that's going to backfire on us all. Getting defensive isn't the way to handle it... we should respond by condemning this violence as loudly and vociferously as we would condemn violence against one of our own. And we should mean every word of it. None of these problems need be solved by violence. The cause for LGBT rights will be won. We don't need to hurt anyone... in fact, it's part of our message that we *won't* hurt anyone. Violence against anyone is violence against everyone, and it's just flatly unacceptable.

    Remember that you're in public when you post to a blog like TR. What you say here has the ability to impact what people on both sides of the issue think. Be a little more thoughtful before you go saying ill-informed things like "it's a conspiracy theory" or "they deserved it"... consider how you'd feel if someone on their side said that about something that happened to one of us. You'd be outraged. That's not progress, that's just more of the same.

    Posted by: Adam | Aug 15, 2012 1:00:23 PM


  19. Domestic terrorism? Well, perhaps, though it might have been entirely personal or a case of robbery. I assume the perp tried to get past the guard and then shot him because the guard was preventing him from getting any further. Hopefully we'll learn more shortly.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 15, 2012 1:00:41 PM


  20. What is disturbing me here is the comment section. If a man went to the HRC headquarters and shot a security guard in the arm while yelling about their policies, we'd be calling this terrorism. Just because you (and I) hate the Family Research Council doesn't mean we should trivialize violence towards them (especially a security guard, who by no means has anything to do with the policies).

    Stooping to the level of anti-gay bigots is not appropriate and when we do it we lose credibility.

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2012 1:02:13 PM


  21. I hope the guard finds another job with a company or organization that doesn't spew hate the way FRC does. He'd be a lot safer.

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Aug 15, 2012 1:03:22 PM


  22. There are plenty of crazy unbalanced LGBT people, was bound to happen

    Posted by: QJ201 | Aug 15, 2012 1:12:31 PM


  23. Some of the DC press are reporting that the security guard works for the office building, not the Family Research Council.

    Also, the same building houses a federal office, which is why the FBI and the Bomb Squad are involved. The shooting may not even be related to the FRC, but it's not at all shocking they'd immediately play the victim card.

    Posted by: endo | Aug 15, 2012 1:13:16 PM


  24. I am sorry that someone was harmed, but I cannot help but be skeptical.

    I forsee we will be blamed for this, no matter what the truth is about the incident.

    Posted by: Blake | Aug 15, 2012 1:13:23 PM


  25. @Mark

    It's not about a man simply being shot. Read the report, it's incredibly suspect. The guy announces his disagreements with the Family Research Council and then shoots a security guard in the arm. Those facts alone are questionable -- I don't think it has much to do with a lack of principles/a shoe on the other foot thing.

    Posted by: MCJH | Aug 15, 2012 1:15:08 PM


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