Shooting at Family Research Council, suspect in custody; Update: Bomb squad enters building; Update: Mitt Romney issues statement; Update: Shooter ID’d

A security guard was shot this morning at the Family Research Council’s headquarters 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.”

Twitchy will continue to monitor this story as it develops.

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Update:

WJLA in Washington is reporting that the police have taken a suspect into custody.

A security guard was shot in in the arm late Wednesday morning inside an office building near the heart of Chinatown in Northwest Washington, police say.

The shooting took place either near or at the offices of the Family Research Council, which is located at 801 G Street, about a block west of the Verizon Center. Police have a suspect in custody.

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Update:

The shooter’s motivations may have been political:

The suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News.

Authorities were treating the attack as a case of domestic terrorism.

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Thankfully, the security guard, Leo Johnson, is all right:

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According to Fox News, sources say that the suspect is in his twenties and possibly got into the building by posing as an intern.

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Please note: this is unconfirmed.

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Update:

Mitt Romney has issued a statement on the shooting.

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The Log Cabin Republicans have issued a statement as well:

Log Cabin Republicans, the nation’s largest gay GOP group, responded to reports of a shooting outside the Family Research Council’s Washington, D.C. office.

LCR executive director R. Clarke Cooper, in a statement released about 2:40 p.m. Aug. 15, said, “As fellow conservatives, Log Cabin Republicans are often in the same room with the Family Research Council. Though we rarely see eye to eye, we absolutely condemn the violence that occurred today.”

Cooper also said, “Keeping in mind that at this time we know little about the shooter or his motives, whatever our political disagreements, in this country, we use ballots, not bullets, to address them. We offer prayers for the injured security guard, his family, and everybody at the FRC building, barely a fifteen minute walk away from Log Cabin Republicans national headquarters. In many ways, this is a reminder that we aren’t so far apart.”

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Update:

NBC is now reporting that the suspect was carrying Chick-fil-A promotional materials and food as well as weapons, though the FBI has not yet confirmed.

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Update:

The shooter has been identified as 28-year-old Floyd Corkins of Herndon, Virginia.

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Twitterers and other organizations expressed their support for the victim and FRC employees:

(Note: WJLA initially reported that two people were shot; it now reports that only the security guard was wounded.)

We at Twitchy offer our thoughts and prayers to the Family Research Council.

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Related:

Little or no coverage of FRC shooting on cable news; Updated

Crosshairs: Left calls Family Research Council ‘hate group,’ reacts to shooting; Shooter yelled about FRC’s ‘values’; Update: Left offers fake sympathy for FRC shooting; qualifies with ‘totally had it coming, haters’

Hero: Leo Johnson, the security guard who protected the FRC

‘Real reporters’ at ABC News misidentify the head of FRC

Crickets chirp: No comment from White House about FRC shooting

Unconfirmed reports: Family Research Council shooter carried Chick-fil-A bag, posed as intern

CNN ‘breaks news’ of FRC shooting 2 1/2 hours late

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