Family Research Council shooter pleads guilty, shooting plan revealed
Floyd Lee Corkins II has pleaded guilty to three felonies, while court documents published online revealed his plan to target a second right wing organization if he had not been stopped at the first
Family Research Council shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, pleaded guilty to three felonies on Wednesday, while federal court documents published by the Washington Post have revealed that he planned to attack further right wing organizations had he not been stopped by security guard Leonardo Johnson.
Corkins pled guilty to a federal charge of transporting a firearm and ammunition across state lines as well as charges under Washington DC law of ‘assault with intent to kill’ and ‘committing an act of terrorism while armed.’
On August 15 last year Corkins, who volunteered at an LGBT community center, traveled from Virginia to the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council with the intention of committing a mass shooting.
Corkins talked his way into the building by claiming to be interested in an intern position.
But when he produced a gun he was subdued by Johnson before he could kill anyone.
Johnson received a flesh wound from one of three shots fired by Corkins during the struggle but was able to restrain him until police arrived.
Court documents reveal that Corkins told police he had wanted to attack a far-right organization for some years but had not previously gone through with his plans.
He had legally purchased a 20-caliber semi-automatic pistol from the Blue Ridge Arsenal in Virginia only a week before the shooting and had it converted to take 9mm ammunition to ‘be more effective.’
While at the Arsenal, Corkins was interviewed by a French television crew filming a story on how easy it is to obtain firearms in the US.
The day before the shooting Corkins purchased 15 Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches which he intended to smear on the faces of his victims.
Corkins told Police he planned to do this to ‘make a statement against the people that work in that building … and their stance against gay rights.’
‘They endorse Chick-Fil-A and also Chick-Fil-A came out against gay marriage so I was going to use that as a statement.’
The Family Research Council are one of the most extreme anti-gay lobby groups in the US and frequently make statements that claim homosexuality and paedophilia are linked in campaigning against same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.
The night before the shooting he returned to the Blue Ridge Arsenal to receive firearms training.
Corkins told them it was his intention to shoot as many employees of the Family Research Council as he could before being stopped by police.
Corkins had brought two extra magazines with him and a box of bullets and told police that it was his intention to continue on to another far-right organization and continue shooting if he was not stopped by police at the Family Research Council.
The court documents state that Corkins originally planned to make a bomb but didn’t go through with it as he lacked the patience required to build one but he had spent two days before the shooting surveilling the Family Research Council’s offices.