Family Research Council

August 15, 2012 by staff 

Family Research Council, A security guard at the conservative Family Research Council here was shot Wednesday in an incident being probed as a possible case of domestic t*rror*sm. Authorities said the suspect entered the building where the group has offices and was stopped by a security guard from going further into the building. At that point, the suspect allegedly fired a gun at the guard, wounding him in the arm. His injury is not believed to be life-threatening, authorities said.

The District of Columbia police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation were investigating the shooting. The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was taken into custody by the FBI.

Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at the headquarters of the Family Research Council.

Officials said they were investigating whether the attack was motivated by the council’s well-publicized conservative stands on issues such as gay marriage and abortion.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, “Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”

The suspect entered the lobby around 10:50 a.m. EDT, walking under the building’s stone facade, which reads, “Faith. Family. Freedom.”

Several hours later, local police cleared a two-block area around the building after investigators found a suspicious package in the building.

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