Officials have filed charges against Floyd Lee Corkins II for allegedly shooting a security guard in the arm at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) building in Washington, D.C.
Prosecutors with the Department of Justice charged Corkins, who is from Herndon, Va., with illegally transporting a firearm and ammunition across state lines and assaulting the guard with the intent to kill him while armed.
Corkins, 28, is expected to make an appearance in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Thursday.
In an affidavit filed with the court, a witness described the suspect as walking into the FRC’s building, where he told security guard Leo Johnson something to the effect of, “I don’t like your politics.”
The FRC was labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2010, after members of the conservative Christian group argued that gay people are more prone to being pedophiles and that sexual assaults by gay people on straight soldiers serving in the military would increase after the repeal of the "Don’t ask, don’t tell" law.
Corkins allegedly reached into his backpack, pulled out a 9 mm handgun and began shooting at Johnson, according to the affidavit. After being shot, Johnson wrestled the gun away from Corkins and “subdued him,” according to court documents.
After taking Corkins into custody, the FBI says it found a box of 50 bullets in his backpack, along with 15 sandwiches from the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain.
The special agent who detailed his account of the incident in the affidavit filed with the court made reference to recent comments that the head of Chick-fil-A made in opposition to gay marriage and connected them with the FRC’s same position on the matter.
“Corkins parents informed the FBI special agents that Corkins has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner,” the affidavit states.