WASHINGTON—A security guard at the conservative Family Research Council here was shot Wednesday in an incident being probed as a possible case of domestic terrorism.
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.
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.
The council was recently in the news when Mr. Perkins defended the chief executive of restaurant chain Chick-Fil-A, who made comments critical of gay marriage. "All Chick-Fil-A did was refuse to be bullied by the politically correct crowd," Mr. Perkins said in a radio commentary.
Gary Bauer, a former president of the Family Research Council and former Republican presidential candidate, said: "The values of the Family Research Council—pro-life and pro-family—are shared by millions of Americans of many backgrounds, and should not make anyone a target of violence."
In 2010, the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Montgomery, Ala., civil-rights group, labeled the Family Research Council a "hate group" and said the council made false claims about gays and lesbians. The council took out full-page newspaper ads calling the allegation "intolerance pure and simple" and said it was dedicated to upholding "Judeo-Christian moral views, including marriage as the union of a man and a woman."
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