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Security Guard Shot at Family Research Council

by | Aug 15, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

A security guard was shot this morning at the Washington, DC headquarters of the pro-life/pro-family organization, the Family Research Council.

In case you may have read earlier reports, there were some inaccuracies. Only one person was shot and the shooter was in FBI custody, according to the Washington Post. The security guard is in stable condition.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the Post that the shooter walked into the lobby at 10:45 and was confronted by the security guard and asked where he was going. Paul Duggan and Mihir Zaveri write

“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. ‘’The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,’ Lanier said. ‘He did his job. The person never made it past the front.’”

According to Fox News authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism.

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

[Update: The shooter has been identified as a 28-year-old Virginia man.]

“National Right to Life deeply regrets the wounding of the brave security guard at the Family Research Council and is grateful that there were no other injuries,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “Our prayers go out to him, his family, and to all of the FRC family for their safety and well-being.”

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