An armed gunman walked into the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Center, a conservative Christian lobbying group, and shot a security guard in the arm before being wrestled to the ground.
As reported by the Associated Press:
The man was taken into custody by the FBI and was being interviewed. Authorities did not identify the man or disclose where he was being interviewed. The guard was taken to a hospital in stable condition.
FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire said the man got into an altercation with the guard. However, police and FBI officials said it's too early to know the circumstances of the shooting, which occurred around 10:45 a.m. at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, 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.
According to WRC-TV/NBC4's Jackie Bensen, Chick-fil-A promotional materials were found in the suspect's backpack, in addition to "2 loaded 15-round ammo clips."
The Family Research Council confirmed in a statement that the security guard was employed by the group. President Tony Perkins said:
"Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today."
The FRC is one of the leading conservative groups in America, as their positions on social issues and strong opposition to gay marriage and abortion have been widely publicized.
The FRC came to the defense of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy when he made statements against same-sex marriage, which made the fast-food chain a flashpoint in the nation's culture wars. The Cathy family foundation has funded the Family Research Council in the past.
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