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Shooting wounds guard at Family Research Council

POSTED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:09pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 12:11pm

A shooting in the lobby of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington wounded a security guard Wednesday, investigators said.

The suspect, who the FBI said was in custody, made some comments about the organization before he allegedly opened fire, a law enforcement official said. The official had no details on the specific remarks.

Officials are interviewing the injured guard and others, the official said, describing the suspect as being in his late 20s.

The guard was shot in the arm and hospitalized, according to Metropolitan Police spokesperson Araz Alali.

No charges have been filed, and the FBI continues to investigate the motive and whether the shooting was linked to the Family Research Council, FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire said.

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."

Launched in 1983, the Family Research Council says it promotes "faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion."


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