By Karen Ocamb
Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, is accused of shooting a security guard at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 15. According to a criminal complaint, Corkins told guard Leo Johnson, “I don’t like your politics” before pulling a 9 mm Sig Sauer semiautomatic pistol from his backpack and allegedly shooting the guard in the arm, according to CNN.
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier called Johnson a “hero” for wrestling the gun away and preventing Corkins from getting past the front door. Johnson was carrying the legally purchased pistol, two additional loaded magazines, a 50-round box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack. FRC—a Christian lobbying group that the Southern Poverty Law Center designated a “hate” group for its history of anti-gay policies—supported Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s comments about the company believing in Bible-based traditional marriage.
Corkins, who has a master’s degree from George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development, volunteered at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community. Center Executive Director David Mariner said in a statement that he was “shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the D.C. Center could be the cause of such a tragic act of violence. No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for the victim and our thoughts are with him and his family.” More than 40 LGBT organizations also released a statement saying, “We utterly reject and condemn such violence” and wishing the guard well in his recovery.
A George Mason student who knew Corkin told the Washington Post that Corkn was “secretive and somewhat odd” and a fan of the 19th-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. The FBI is investigating Corkins’ motive to determine whether to assess federal charges. On Aug. 16, he was formally charged one count of assault with the intent to kill while armed, which carries a possible 30-year sentence.