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Obama Reacts To Family Research Council Shooting

08/15/2012 07:15 pm ET

President Obama condemned the shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council's headquarters on Wednesday, according to press secretary Jay Carney.

Obama, who was notified of the shooting at 1:18 PM ET, expressed concern for a security guard who was wounded by the shooting at the FRC's headquarters in Washington, DC. Obama also professed the belief that "this type of violence has no place in our society," per a pool report.

HuffPost DC relayed details on the shooting:

The alleged assailant, identified by WRC-TV/NBC4 as 28-year-old Floyd Corkins, of Herndon, Va., was brought into custody. Corkins, according to WRC-TV, parked his car at a Metrorail station in Falls Church, Va., and rode a train downtown.

According to WRC-TV/NBC4's Jackie Bensen, sources say Chick-fil-A promotional materials were found in the suspect's backpack, in addition to "2 loaded 15-round ammo clips."

His weapons were purchased legally in Virginia, the news station reported.

MPD Police Chief Cathy Lanier called the security guard a hero, the Examiner reported. "As far as I'm concerned, the security officer here is a hero," Lanier said, according to the newspaper. "The person never made it past him."

The Family Research Council is a conservative Christian group that advocates against abortion, LGBT rights, and pornography, among other social issues.

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