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Security guard shot in downtown Washington D.C.

08-16-2012 06:44 BJT

WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Police in the U.S. capital are investigating a shooting case in the downtown area that left a security guard wounded at a conservative policy organization's headquarters on Wednesday morning, local law enforcement authorities said.

A gunman walked into the lobby of the Family Research Council office building near Washington D.C.'s Chinatown, and opened fire at around 10:45 a.m. local time. A security guard was shot in the arm while trying to wrestle the gunman to the ground, local police said.

The injured guard was in stable condition, while the male suspect was taken into custody without injury, confirmed Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Araz Alali.

The guard was "a hero" who "did his job" confronting the gunman, said Cathy Lanier, police chief of the Department.

The FBI has launched a joint investigation into the incident with the Metropolitan Police Department, to "determine motive or intent and whether a hate crime or terrorism nexus exists," said FBI spokesperson Jacqueline Maguire.

The president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group that has been pushing for anti-abortion issues and opposes same-sex marriage, said that police are still investigating what motivated the attack.

"Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family," said Tony Perkins in a statement.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for the 2012 presidential election, also issued a statement saying that "there is no place for such violence in our society."

Local media reports indicated that the attack could be connected to the conservative leanings of the Family Research Council. The gunman posed as an intern and shot the security guard after expressing his disagreement with the Council's policy positions, Fox News reported on Wednesday afternoon.

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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