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Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at the headquarters of the Family Research Council August 15, 2012 in Washington, DC. The shooter is in FBI custody and has not yet been charged, authorities said. The Family Research Council is a conservative organization that is against abortion and euthanasia and considers homosexuality to be a sin. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A law enforcement official says a suspected gunman made a negative reference about the work of a conservative Christian lobbying group before shooting a security guard.

The reference was made in a confrontation in the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington Wednesday morning. The official said the suspect was not specific. The official would only speak on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says a man walked into the Family Research Council in the city's Chinatown neighborhood about 10:45 a.m. Wednesday and was confronted by a security guard, whom he shot in the arm. The guard and others wrestled the man to the ground and he was taken into custody by the FBI.

The suspect's name has not been released publicly.

The Family Research Council strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion and says it advocates "faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion."

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