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Security guard shot at Family Research Council headquarters [VIDEO]

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A shooting occurred Wednesday morning at the headquarters of the conservative Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.

“The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family,” FRC President Tony Perkins said in a statement.

FRC declined to comment to The Daily Caller further as the situation is still developing.

WJLA-TV7 initially reported that two people were shot: a security guard and the suspect. Later reports, however, have been unclear about whether the shooter sustained any injuries.

The shooting occurred in the Chinatown neighborhood of Northwest Washington. Police are on the scene investigating.

A source told Fox News Channel that the suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard.” The FBI is treating the shooting as a case of domestic terrorism.

The FBI confirmed to TheDC that the suspect is in custody, but did not offer details about a connection with FRC.

“Suspect [is] in custody, but while the investigation continues, [it’s] too early to determine [the] suspect’s connection with Family Research Council (located in building),” Rebecca S. Callahan, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington Field Office, wrote in an statement she emailed to TheDC.

Fox News has identified the injured security guard as Leo Johnson; authorities have called him “a hero” who “went above and beyond.”

FRC is a conservative pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-family non-profit organization.


Video reporting by Nicholas Ballasy and videography by Sean Rainey

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