Grand Jury Adds Terrorism to List of Charges Against Accused FRC Shooter

By Pete Winn | October 24, 2012 | 6:49 PM EDT

Alleged gunman Floyd Corkins is taken into custody outside the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Aug. 15, 2012. (AP Photo)

( - A federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday added terrorism to the list of charges that Floyd Lee Corkins II faces in connection with the Aug. 15 shooting of a security guard at the offices of the Family Research Council.

Corkins, of Herndon, Va., has been in custody since his arrest soon after the shooting, which allegedly occurred when Corkins attempted to enter the FRC’s Washington headquarters with a weapon.

One week after his arrest, Corkins was formally charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with the federal offense of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition, as well as DC charges of possession of a firearm during a crime of violence and committing assault with intent to kill while armed.

The new “superseding” indictment on Wednesday added seven gun-related District of Columbia charges to the list, including one count each of committing an act of terrorism while armed; attempted murder while armed; aggravated assault while armed; and second-degree burglary while armed – as well as three counts of possessing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The new terrorism charge is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

As has reported, FBI affidavits that were filed in federal court revealed that witnesses said Corkins encountered FRC security guard Leo Johnson and stated words to the effect of “I don’t like your politics.”

Corkins then allegedly removed a firearm from a backpack he was carrying and began shooting at Johnson, striking him in the arm. Johnson then “wrestled the firearm away from Corkins and subdued him,” the document stated.

Johnson was treated and subsequently released from the hospital.

Corkins was allegedly carrying a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, along with two additional magazines loaded with 9mm ammunition, according to the FBI affadavits.

In addition, Metropolitan Police Department officers said Corkin's backpack contained “a box of Federal brand 9mm ammunition, containing an additional 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 sandwiches from Chick-fil-A.”

The Family Research Council is a pro-life, conservative policy organization in Washington, D.C., which supports traditional marriage and advocates for public policy issues that reflect conservative and Christian principles.

It has been labeled as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, a liberal activist group based in Montgomery, Ala., because of its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Corkins, for the last six months, had been a volunteer at the The DC Center for the LGBT Community.

The Justice Department says this marks the first time that a defendant has been charged with committing an act of terrorism under the District of Columbia’s Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002.

The DC terrorism law defines terrorism as including any attempt to “intimidate or coerce a significant portion of the civilian population of the District of Columbia or the United States.”

Corkins is due back in federal court on Friday.

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