Gunman Shoots Guard at Family Research Council Headquarters
UPDATED: After being subdued by the guard whom he shot, the assailant begged him not to shoot back. "It was not about you, it was what this place stands for," the shooter said.
A gunman on Wednesday attacked the Family Research Council, a Christian organization that has long been critical of television content and is an opponent of several issues near and dear to Hollywood, such as same-sex marriage.
According to several published sources, the attacker entered FRC headquarters in Washington, loudly complained about its policies then shot a security guard in the arm. The wounded guard -- assisted by others -- subdued the gunman, who was arrested and interviewed by the FBI.
Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the suspect, 28-year-old Floyd Corkins II, is from Virginia and that he was carrying items from Chick-fil-A, a restaurant that entered the gay-marriage debate when one of its top executives and a member of its founding family said he supports the traditional, Biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman.
FRC president Tony Perkins has appeared on numerous TV shows supporting Chick-fil-A, while most of Hollywood has been on the opposite side. Roseanne Barr, for example, tweeted: “Anyone who eats Shit Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.”
Corkins was also a former volunteer at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Late Wednesday, the organization's executive director issued the following statement: "I was shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the DC 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."
Additionally, more than 40 LGBT organizations issued a joint statement condemning the shooting.
Fox News reported that when the guard snatched the handgun away from Corkins, the suspect pleaded, “Don’t shoot me, it was not about you, it was what this place stands for.”
FRC was founded by Dr. James Dobson in 1983. While opposition to gay marriage has been a recent focus, it has also been a lobbyist for “broadcast decency” and a critic of the FCC for allowing too much sex, violence and profanity on television.
Despite the Chick-fil-A connection, his activities as a gay-rights activist and the shooter's reference to what FRC "stands for," law enforcement officials were careful not to imply a motive while speaking to the press.
"We don't know enough about him or his circumstances ... we are going to try to sort this all out, pull the evidence and do all the interviews we can," FBI agent James McJunkin told ABC News.
Perkins also didn't presume a motive for the shooting, saying, "The police are investigating this incident. Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today. Our concern is for him and his family."
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