Details emerged Thursday (16 August) about the man charged with shooting and wounding a security guard at the offices of the conservative lobbying group Family Research Council in Washington DC.
The suspect is Floyd Lee Corkins II who was a volunteer at a local LGBT center. He reportedly had 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his bag at the time of the shooting and before pulling out a gun, he allegedly said to the guard something to the effect of ‘I don’t like your politics.’
Chick-fil-A is the Atlanta-based fast food chain under fire for its millions of dollars in donations to anti-gay organizations. The Family Research Council had recently defended Chick-fil-A president Dan Cathy for his very public stance against gay marriage.
Security guard Leo Johnson was shot in the arm in the attack. The 46-year-old victim is said to be resting comfortably in a local hospital. He was able to wrestle the gun away from the gunman and restrain him until help arrived.
‘He said he feels very well,’ his mother, Virginia Johnson, told The Associated Press in a brief interview. ‘I am proud of him, very proud of him.’
Corkins appeared in federal court Thursday and was charged with assault with intent to kill and bringing firearms across state. He was ordered held without bail pending a hearing next week.
He had recently been volunteering at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Executive Director David Mariner expressed shock over the shooting and described Corkins as ‘gentle’ and ‘kind.’
‘No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible,’ Mariner said in a statement. ‘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, including the Human Rights Campaign, Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Family Equality Council, Freedom to Marry, Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, National Stonewall Democrats and Log Cabin Republicans, quickly released a joint statement condemning the shooting.