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Police: Family Research Council Shooter was LGBT Volunteer

  • Religion Today Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Aug 16

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of the Family Research Council's D.C. headquarters had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, CBS News reports. A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday's shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va., and another official said the shooter made a negative reference about the work of the Family Research Council before opening fire. While police have not yet stated Corkins' motivation, a coalition of 25 gay rights groups have released a statement through GLAAD condemning the shooting. "The motivation and circumstances behind today's tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence," the statement read. "We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident." The guard, who was an employee of the FRC, was taken to a hospital in stable condition.