A security guard at the Family Research Council (FRC)'s headquarters in Washington, DC, was shot Wednesday morning after trying to stop an intruder from getting past the building’s lobby.
While details of the shooting are still emerging, sources so far report that the guard was shot in the arm after confronting the young man, who walked into the lobby of the building around 10:45 a.m.
The man reportedly pulled out a gun and opened fire after the guard asked him where he was going.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters that the guard and others wrestled the man to the ground, disarmed him and waited for the police to arrive.
The guard was then taken to the hospital and was in stable condition at last report.
"The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned," Lanier said. "He did his job. The person never made it past the front."
FRC, meanwhile, released a brief statement from its president, Tony Perkins, who said, "The police are investigating this incident."
"Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today," Perkins stated. "Our concern is for him and his family."
NRB members are being encouraged to pray for the guard, FRC, and those affected by the shooting.
Since 1983, FRC has worked to shape public debate and formulate public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and the family. FRC champions marriage and family as the foundation of civilization, the seedbed of virtue, and the wellspring of society. It also promotes the Judeo-Christian worldview as the basis for a just, free, and stable society.
Published: August 15, 2012