FBI: Alleged FRC Shooter Carried 50 Rounds, Said ‘I Don’t Like Your Politics’
(CNSNews.com) – According to an affidavit released by the FBI’s Washington Field Office, Floyd Lee Corkins II was carrying over 50 rounds of ammunition and had 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in a backpack when he pronounced “I don’t like your politics,” and allegedly opened fire Wednesday morning at the Family Research Council offices in Washington, D.C., wounding a security guard in the arm.
The Family Research Council is a conservative traditional values organization, advocating for “family, faith and freedom.”
Corkins, a Herndon, Va., resident, was arraigned Thursday in federal court on charges of “Interstate Transportation of a Firearm and Ammunition” and “Assault with the Intent to Kill While Armed.”
U.S. Magistrate Alan Kay ordered Corkins to be held without bond, pending a bond hearing on Aug. 24. He also ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Corkins.
The affidavit states that a person identified as “Witness 1” said that Corkins encountered security guard Leo Johnson and stated words to the effect of “I don’t like your politics.”
Corkins then removed a firearm from his backpack and began shooting at Johnson, striking him in the arm. Johnson then “wrestled the firearm away from Corkins and subdued him,” the document states.
Corkins was carrying a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, along with two additional magazines loaded with 9mm ammunition, according to the FBI.
In addition, Metropolitan Police Department officers also seized Corkins backpack, which contained “a box of Federal brand 9mm ammunition, containing an additional 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A.”
“Based on my investigation, I know that a senior executive of Chick-fil-A, Inc., recently announced publicly his opposition to same-sex marriage,” the FBI special agent said in the affadavit.
“This announcement received substantial publicity. I further know that the Family Research Council is a Christian conservative policy organization which supports traditional marriage.”
After he was taken into custody, authorities located Corkins’ vehicle at the East Falls Church (Va.) Metro station.
“Visible from outside the Vehicle was an open black box, resembling a gun box, located on the front passenger seat of the Vehicle,” the affidavit states.
FBI special agents interviewed Corkins’ parents, Jacqueline Shenise Corkins and Floyd Lee Corkins.
“Corkins’ parents informed the FBI special agents that Corkins has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner,” the document states.
In late July, the fast food chain Chick-fil-A was thrust into the national spotlight when CEO Dan Cathy said he supported traditional marriage.
On Aug. 1, after pro-same-sex marriage groups bashed the chain by accusing it of "hate," thousands of supporters flocked to restaurants across the country on Aug. 1 for “Chick-fi-A Appreciation Day.”
Family Research Council spoke publicly in defense of Chick-fil-A and its CEO at the time.