A gay rights radical opened fire at the Family Research Council this morning, after ranting against the conservative Christian lobbying organization’s values. A security guard was shot in the arm during the incident, but was still able to help subdue the suspect for responding police.
A security guard at the Family Research Council’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a gunman posing as an intern, taking a bullet in the arm before wrestling the suspect to the ground.
The gunman, identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, entered the lobby of the organization’s Chinatown headquarters around 10:45 and expressed disagreement with the conservative group’s policy positions, Fox News has learned. When the guard, who was not identified, asked him where he was going, he opened fire, according to police.
“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. ”He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
Corkins’ motive seems be the intolerance of “tolerance.”
Sources also said the gunman may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A, the embattled fast-food restaurant whose president came under fire from gay activists after he said he did not agree with same-sex marriage.
Sources told Fox News that after guard took away his gun, the suspect said, “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”
It “wasn’t about you,” he whined, but NBC4 in Washington says Corkins’ was taken down with a Sig Sauer 9mm in his hands and two spare 15-round magazines in the bag (based on those specs, I’m guessing the pistol was a P250 Compact). Four more boxes of ammunition were recovered from his car. It “wasn’t about” anyone, but the 45 bullets in his possession when he hit the door says otherwise.
AP is reporting that Corkins was volunteering at a LGBT Center in DC:
A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
David Mariner is executive director of The DC Center for the LGBT Community. He says Corkins had been volunteering at the center for about the past 6 months. Mariner describes Corkins as “kind, gentle and unassuming.”
Kind? Gentle? Yeah…not so much.