Reports state that at approximately 10:45 a.m., Floyd Corkins of Herndon, Virginia walked into the headquarters of Family Research Council carrying items from a Chick-fil-A restaurant. As he entered the lobby, the security guard asked him where he was headed. Corkins then pulled out a gun and shot the guard in the arm.
Corkins, who is stated to be in his twenties, was immediately wrestled to the ground and disarmed.
“Don’t shoot me, it was not about you; it was what this place stands for,” Corkins pled after his pistol was confiscated, according to eyewitnesses.
He was held until police arrived.
The security guard was taken to the hospital and remains in stable condition.
“The security guard here is a hero as far as I’m concerned,” said Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”
The FBI is investigating the matter, and is stated to be classifying the incident as “domestic terrorism.”
“We don’t know enough about him or his circumstances to determine what his connection is to this group or his mental state, or what he was doing or thinking of doing,” outlined spokesman James McJunkin. “So we’re going to try to sort this all out, pull the evidence together, do all the interviews we can.”
Family Research Council is a Christian-based lobbying group led by evangelical leader Tony Perkins, who opposes homosexuality and abortion. Some believe that the organization was targeted for this reason.
“Today’s attack is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as ‘hateful’ must end,” Brian Brown, the president of the National Organization for Marriage, stated. “The Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled the Family Research Council a ‘hate group’ for its pro-marriage views, and less than a day ago the Human Rights Campaign issued a statement calling FRC a ‘hate group’ — they even specified that FRC hosts events in Washington, D.C., where today’s attack took place.”
No charges had been filed as of Wednesday evening as the suspect was still being questioned, but were expected to be pressed Thursday morning.