Shooting at Family Research Council Wounds Guard
A security guard was injured after he was shot during a scuffle with a man at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C.
The man was armed, and was apparently trying to gain access to the offices of the FRC.
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Said Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
The man, Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., apparently expressed disagreement with the anti-gay, anti-abortion group during the scuffle. He was carrying a handgun inside a bag from Chick-fil-A, a company whose president has also expressed opposition to LGBT rights.
Corkins was tackled by guard Leo Johnson, who was shot in the arm during the scuffle. Johnson and others wrestled Corkins to the ground, and held him until police were able to get to the scene. Johnson is currently in the hospital in stable condition.
The case is being investigated by the FBI as possible domestic terrorism.
“The police are investigating this incident,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins in a statement. “Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family.”
The Family Research Council has been identified as a hate group by the Southern Policy Law Center. Founded in 1981 by fundamentalist minister James Dobson, the organization is strongly opposed to gay rights, abortion rights, divorce, gambling and pornography.
The shooting was the second in two weeks to spark an investigation of terrorism. On August 6, a white supremacist killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
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