The shooter is reported to have had multiple guns and a large supply of ammo. Thankfully, the security guard stopped him by wrestling the shooter to the ground (after taking a bullet), before he was able to commit mass murder. He also may have been carrying a Chick-fil-A bag. Both Chick-fil-A and FRC support traditional marriage. Gaystapo?
(FOX) –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 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.”
The suspect “made statements regarding their policies, and then opened fire with a gun striking a security guard,” a source told Fox News. WJLA-TV7 reported the suspect was also shot. 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 New 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.” [...]
Update: NBC4′s (DC) Jackie Bensen reports via Twitter that the shooter was carrying Chick-fil-A related items:
(NBC7-DC) Authorities found two loaded magazines with 15 rounds each in the suspect’s backpack, as well as Chik-Fil-A promotional materials, NBC4′s Jackie Bensen reported.
More on the shooter’s statement:
(WJLA -ABC7)–A suspect in the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of a downtown D.C. conservative Christian lobbying firm criticized the group’s anti-gay stance before opening fire, a source tells ABC7.
The suspect was taken into custody by the FBI and was being interviewed. Officials say that they not sure about a motive, however, sources say that the suspect walked into the office, made a statement and opened fire.
It is not known that the suspect said; however, multiple sources tell Donelan that the overtones of his statement led to federal law enforcement officials becoming involved in the investigation.
[FRC President Tony] Perkins was an outspoken defender of Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy’s public stand against same-sex marriage, which made the fast-food chain a flashpoint in the nation’s culture wars. The Cathy family foundation has funded the Family Research Council. [...]
More on the gunman’s statement at WaPo:
A law enforcement official says a suspected gunman made a negative reference about the work of a conservative Christian lobbying group before shooting a security guard.
The reference was made in a confrontation in the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington Wednesday morning. The official said the suspect was not specific. The official would only speak on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing. [...]
On a related note: The Wintery Knight has a roundup of recent “Examples of violence committed by gay activists” here.
WASHINGTON (AP) — 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.
A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday’s shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va. Investigators were interviewing his neighbors.
Another official says the shooter made a negative reference about the work of the Family Research Council before opening fire. The officials spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing investigation.
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 and unassuming” bloodthirsty domestic terrorist.
Chick-fil-A material confirmed:
(NBC) –Federal officials said the suspect the backpack also contained materials about Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Update 3: Photo of the gunman Floyd Corkins via MyFoxDC.
Update 4: FBI Interviews DC LGBT Center Head In Connection With Shooting At Family Research Council
The suspect in today’s shooting, Floyd Corkins II of Virginia, had been volunteering on some weekends at the front desk of The Center, D.C.’s LGBT community center, the center’s executive director, David Mariner told BuzzFeed.
“The FBI was just here, and we are cooperating with them fully,” Mariner said. “We are shocked and appalled that this happened, and I cannot even imagine —”
He added, “All of our volunteers, they register online, they go through a background check, and then they go through a training.”
The center’s website: http://www.thedccenter.org/index.html
(WJLA) –Late Wednesday, investigators descended on the Herndon family home of the suspect in a shooting at the headquarters of a downtown D.C. conservative Christian lobbying firm.
No one leaving the home wanted to talk, but neighbors describe the family as a retired military couple with two younger sons. They say they saw no signs of trouble from the family, who they described as good neighbors.[...]
Stay tuned for updates…