WASHINGTON – A security guard shot and wounded a man who forced himself into a local television station, police said on Monday, declaring renewed fear of journalists becoming targets in a highly polarized political environment.
The shot occurred at 3 pm at WTTG Fox 5’s building in Northwest Washington when the irate man kicked through two sets of glass doors to enter the lobby, police said.
In the lobby, the man was confronted with a security guard employed at the station. The guard shot her weapon and apparently hit the man in torso. The man was not armed, police said. No one else was hurt.
The police said the man, 38, whom they refused to identify, were aware and in a stable state when taken to a hospital. His motive was unknown, but he seemed to be angry and upset at the time of attack, said Sternbeck.
President Trump condemned the pressroom and offered his compassion, but he has often portrayed news media as the enemy of the people.
Following the shot, the publisher of the New York Times, AG Sulzberger, said in a statement that he told the president in a private meeting that his “language was not only fragmented but increasingly dangerous.”
But Mr Trump has kept his attacks. At a political rally last week, he commended a republican congressional assault against a reporter last year.
“Anyone who can make a body slam,” said the president, “it’s my kind of guy.”