Family Research Council Shooter Faces Terrorism Charges
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- 2012 Oct 26
The man accused of shooting a security guard inside the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., in August now faces a terrorism charge, CBN News reports. Floyd Lee Corkins, the first person in 10 years to be prosecuted under the District of Columbia's Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002, reportedly announced "I don't like your politics" as he shot security guard Leonardo Johnson in the lobby of the FRC's building. Though wounded, Johnson managed to take down Corkins before anyone else was injured or killed. Investigators say Corkins was carrying a backpack with ammunition and Chick-fil-A sandwiches. The incident happened after Chick-fil-A's president made headlines by voicing his support for traditional marriage; Corkins, a supporter of gay rights, had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement Wednesday, FRC president Tony Perkins said, "The terrorism indictment announced today ... makes clear that acts of violence designed to intimidate and silence those who support natural marriage and traditional morality violate the law and undermine the security and stability of our form of government."