WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — A Virginia man has been charged in federal court in the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group.
Federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, told a guard at the Family Research Council, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting him in the arm. The guard, Leo Johnson, and others helped subdue Corkins, who was taken into custody.
He’s been charged with assault with intent to kill and with bringing a firearm across state lines. Authorities found a box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack.
As TheBlaze initially reported, Johnson, who was an employee of the FRC, was taken to a hospital in stable condition after being shot.
“Our first concern is with our colleague who was shot today,” the group’s president, Tony Perkins, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a statement that he was appalled by the shooting. “There is no place for such violence in our society,” he said. “My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”
The Family Research Council advocates conservative positions on social issues and strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion. Fox News reported that Corkins posed as an intern.