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Wounded FRC Security Guard: 'I Feel God Put Me in a Position to Be There at That Time'

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    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2012 Aug 20
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The security guard who stopped a gunman at the Family Research Council last week, despite suffering a shot to the arm, said God put him there at that time to stop the attack, reports. The shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II -- who was carrying a 9mm handgun with two extra loaded magazines and another 50 rounds of ammunition in his backpack -- posed as an intern and opened fire without warning just before 11 a.m. Wednesday. Leo Johnson, the building operation manager at the FRC, has been hailed as a hero by authorities for not letting Corkins get too far past the front door. Although wounded, Johnson disarmed and subdued Corkins, a volunteer at The DC Center for the LGBT Community who said his actions were not about the security guard but about the FRC's policies. "I felt my arm snap back so I knew I was hit but I didn't feel any pain," Johnson said. "Although I didn't want to get shot, nobody wants to get shot, I feel that God put me in a position to be there at that time." Tony Perkins, president of the FRC, called Johnson a hero and said he expected him to be back "very soon assuming his duties here running the building and making sure this environment is secure, which he did [Wednesday], to which our entire team here is grateful."