(CNSNews.com) - FBI spokeswoman Jacqueline Maguire told reporters that Leo Johnson, a long-time security guard at the Family Research Council, is “a hero” after he was shot in the arm by an unidentified gunman at the family-values organization on Wednesday.
“We had an individual enter the building and he got into an altercation with a security guard,” Maguire said during a press briefing outside the FRC headquarters, which is on the 800 block of G Street NW in Washington, D.C.
“As a result of that altercation the security guard was shot in the arm, he has been transported to the hospital, he’s doing okay,” she said. “Interviews of both the victim as well as witnesses in the building and outside the building continue. It is to this point a joint investigation from the FBI-Washington field office and the Metropolitan Police Department. We are also working alongside the U.S. attorneys office.”
“No charges have been filed but the suspect is in custody at this point and being interviewed by the FBI,” said Maguire.
She said the investigation is ongoing, and could not offer additional information regarding the incident, but was unequivocal in her praise of Johnson.
“I can’t get into the details of anything that was said or not said, but as Chief [Cathy] Lanier did say this morning, the security guard was a hero in this case,” said Maguire. “And he did an excellent job in stopping the gunman from getting any further into the building and from anyone else getting injured or shot by him.”
While taking questions from reporters, Maguire added that Johnson did “a phenomenal job and did above and beyond what he was supposed to do in this situation.”
Initial reports indicated that the shooter made statements regarding the FRC’s policy positions, though they remain unconfirmed.
Earlier on Wednesday, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier had said, “The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned.”
“He did his job. The person never made it past the front,” she said.
The FBI could not confirm whether Johnson was armed, and indicated that interviews with him and FRC staff will lead to more information. “Our first priority is to get him treated,” Maguire said.
She also said the FBI is involved due to “standard protocol.”
“Here in the District of Columbia we work many cases alongside Metropolitan Police Department [MPD],” said Maguire. “Until we determine the motive, the intent of the shooter, we will continue working jointly with MPD to determine if there is any further nexus and also work with U.S. attorneys office to determine what charges can be brought in court.”