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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.

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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.


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.



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  1. Shooting people you disagree with is not the answer; in particular, being shot in the arm is not "ok" with me simply because I dislike your position on equal rights.

    I want a full investigation, I want the shooter's name, and I want a trial.

    But face the fact -- you can congratulate the FRC on the deluge of donations that this shooting will engender.

    Posted by: Elsewhere | Aug 15, 2012 1:16:44 PM

  2. In spite of their views and agenda, I don't wish anything like this on ANYONE. taking this issue with their platform just makes us as uninformed and spiteful as they are. Wheres our compassion?

    Posted by: Pdxblueyes | Aug 15, 2012 1:17:37 PM

  3. I know, you guys are right. And Adam said it, we need to be vocally, vehemently against this. I am against it - and if it truly came from some anti-FRC person, throw the book at him/her.

    But, it's incredibly upsetting to get physically, verbally, etc. discriminated against for years all to watch people line up at Chick-fil-A to stuff their faces full of bigotry - and all be made national heroes for doing such.

    The conservative ability to play the victim card is astounding and no doubt, whether this was false flagged or truly from someone unbalanced, it could potentially harm the heck out of us and our equality cause. We have decades of abuse documented which can all potentially (politically) be erased by one guy with a gunshot wound to the arm. So I'd like to believe it's a setup. I'd like to believe there aren't LGBT/pro-equality people crazy enough to do this (yes, I know there probably are many).

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 15, 2012 1:23:06 PM

  4. Glad to see I am not the only one who thinks this was an inside job for unwarranted sympathies. Either way, the truth usually has a way of coming to light. If the FRC is responsible, which I think they are, then this could finally be their downfall.

    Posted by: Scott | Aug 15, 2012 1:26:39 PM

  5. A GLBT person is shot based on political motivation - it's not even seen as a hate crime, it's just swept under the rug.

    A most likely straight security guard at a hate organization gets shot in the arm based on political motivation - it's suddenly seen as domestic terrorism.

    Washington, we have a problem here.

    Posted by: Michi Eyre | Aug 15, 2012 1:40:41 PM

  6. I'm not happy about this shooting, and I never have (and never will) condone vigilantism. But I'm also not going to pretend that this designated hate group is not responsible for deaths and violence against LGBT people across America.

    Perkins doesn't care about the children lost to anti-gay hatred.

    This is like when Fox News hates the westboro baptists - ever notice they only hate them when they protest the funerals of straight people, particularly soldiers?

    similar deal here.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 1:45:18 PM

  7. I was expecting this for years. For 20 years, Black Americans peacefully marched and were beatened, jailed, and murdered. Then groups like the Black Panthers began...their motto was "don't F^&K with us". A lot of anti-Black groups finally realized that they may get hit back and hard if they attacked Black people.
    Finally, radical gays are coming around to the same position. Especially if R&R get one but gays themselves are going to be able to protect one another.
    The hate from anti-gays groups is metastasizing against them.

    Posted by: chuck | Aug 15, 2012 1:47:45 PM

  8. It sounds like the plot to "Machete."

    Shoot your own man to gain sympathy and villify your enemies. Considering how deranged the FRC's statements have become, I will believe it when the FBI has checked the perp's computer, text messages, and cell phone records.

    If it smells too convenient, it probably is.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 15, 2012 1:53:41 PM

  9. Guys, can we just wish the guard and anyone else who's suffered a traumatic attack well? If it's a false flag attack or whatever, we'll know.

    This is a chance to be better human beings. They don't see our humanity, sure. If we see theirs, the world's a better place.

    There are disturbed people of all stripes, including disturbed LGBT. If we pretend it's less of a crime because the perp was LGBT and the (intended) victims anti-gay, we're no better than them when they dehumanize us and violence against us.

    Posted by: Rich | Aug 15, 2012 2:11:42 PM

  10. FRC certainly supports gun ownership, so they wont be calling for more gun control. They might, however, call for good christians to arm themselves for the coming religion war.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 15, 2012 2:16:31 PM

  11. And they WILL incite others to kill us.

    Posted by: Polyboy | Aug 15, 2012 2:30:17 PM

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


    I'm 90% sure this is a false-flag attack.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 2:49:34 PM

  13. "Sources also said the gunman may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A..."

    FOX News:

    Unfortunately, I'm not making this up.

    Posted by: kpo5 | Aug 15, 2012 3:03:59 PM

  14. "If it's a false flag attack or whatever, we'll know."

    Not necessarily. Criminal investigations can take a long time to unravel motives. The election is in less than 3 months. Left wing gun/personal attack violence is incredibly rare compared to right wing violence, or at least has been for > 30 years. At worse, some environmentalists have torched houses being built in wetlands or whatnot, when they knew it was unoccupied. The left is inherently more sane to begin with, so they argue their case in a more sane way.

    In any case, if this was a very foolish and misguided LGBT person or supporter, they were very foolish indeed. Like the CFA debacle, this can only help send Romney supporters to the polls.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 3:07:01 PM

  15. I hope the guard recovers. It was one person who made the decision to fire the gun. That's all. It's not the gays that stirred up the devil.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 15, 2012 3:09:17 PM

  16. BTW, when I say 'left' I mean the left in this country, now, whose main goal stopping Republicans from turning back the country to the 1890s. That is a sane objective. Of course, there are left wing elements elsewhere in the world who have and do resort to violence. The violence against white farmers in Zimbabwe, for example.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 3:09:28 PM

  17. I don't get it...

    Access to basic rights are being denied.

    The Right has suggested if the perceived wrongs committed against them continue that they may have to resort...and I quote here..."to 2nd Amendment remedies"...

    I think guns should be outlawed...but if the Right is so supportive of 2nd Amendment remedies...why is this a problem? The guy had a gun, he was stopped by a guard hired to protect people attempting to keep the shooter from his rights, both gunman and guard were shot.

    If I understand the Rights arguments...this is EXACTLY the way the system was supposed to work... Its 1873 and we are alive and well and living in the wild west!

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 15, 2012 3:14:03 PM

  18. I'm going to wait for the FBI to announce what they discover before I opine.

    No reason to throw gasoline on this fire.

    Being shot in the shoulder is a bit more serious than being shot in the arm.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Aug 15, 2012 3:23:38 PM

  19. And remember - even if this is shown to be a false flag operation, to the tea party brain, what they want to hear is reality, and what they don't want to hear isn't. The net message to middle America Karl Rove wanted to send out is "first the leftists wanted to ban Chick-Fil-A, then they wanted to shootup the 'Family' Research Council." (What the mayors did was so idiotic, you almost have to wonder if he somehow got them in his pocket. I'm still in shock from it. Dumbest political move of the year, no doubt)

    Even after a big "protest" in Florida against the Supreme Court having a recount was shown to be filled with republican staffers who flew down from DC, the right still cited it as evidence that public opinion was against Al Gore. The simple fact is they are much better at these dirty tricks than the Democrats are. And they've been planning them for 4 years since Obama was elected. Trust me.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 3:45:42 PM

  20. The Family Research Council is a repulsive, bigoted hate organization. The Bible says you reap what you sow. The FRC sows hate, intolerance, and damage to people's lives, and now that's what they're getting back. It's just too bad the shooter didn't get that hate-monger Tony Perkins.

    Posted by: rob | Aug 15, 2012 5:25:10 PM

  21. And how many gays have died because of that organization. Its a shame he didnt shoot anyone in charge instead of just a security guard making min wage. Minor wound, he'll be fine.

    Posted by: BP | Aug 15, 2012 6:43:07 PM

  22. A little modification of Brian's press release from today:

    "Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as 'hateful' must end," said Brian Brown, President of NOM. "The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a 'hate group' for its pro-marriage views, and less than a day ago the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling FRC a 'hate group'—they even specified that FRC hosts events in Washington, DC, where today's attack took place."

    "NOM has always condemned all violence and vilification connected to our ongoing national debate about the meaning and definition of marriage," Brown stated. "For too long national gay rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as 'hateful' and 'bigoted' -- such harmful and dangerous labels deserve no place in our civil society and NOM renews its call today for gay rights groups and the Southern Poverty Law Center to withdraw such incendiary rhetoric from a debate that involves millions of good Americans," added Brown.

    Brown concluded: "Violence is never the answer, and on that we all must agree, or risk the consequences."

    Posted by: Brian Brownshirt's Nemesis | Aug 15, 2012 10:31:07 PM

  23. fags are violent

    Posted by: tonykey | Aug 15, 2012 11:07:33 PM

  24. If you are going to deny social privilege to 5 to 10% of 350 million, your a monstrous ignoramus to not realize that some of them are going to get pissed at you beyond reason. However being a monstrous ignoramus tends to go hand in hand with pushing the Christian right agenda.

    Any group the praises capital punishment for what Uganda calls "aggravated homosexuality" involving consenting adults walks like a duck talk like a duck and is reasonably describable as a hate group.

    Some folks call this Karma, others "blow back".
    It is however a natural consequence.
    Pity the security guard got hurt. Shame on those who preach hate and discrimination whine about persecution when others object and accuse those who take the time to understand the science of ignorance or those who call out their intolerance of being bigots.

    Posted by: EmmittBrownBTTF1 | Aug 20, 2012 7:47:25 AM

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