Cops: Shooter Dissed Conservative Group
Allegedly made negative remark about Family Research Council, wounded guard
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 15, 2012 12:05 PM CDT
Updated Aug 15, 2012 5:14 PM CDT
Washington police and FBI agents gather outside the Family Research Council in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group today made a negative reference about the organization's work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said. Police said the man entered the Family Research Council in Washington around 10:45am, began arguing with a security guard, and then shot him in the arm. The suspect was subdued by the guard and others and taken into custody but had not been charged as of this evening. A law enforcement official identified the suspect as Floyd Corkins II, and authorities were interviewing his neighbors in Herndon, Va., near Washington.

Police didn't specify what the suspect said about the FRC before the shooting. Though authorities did not publicly reveal a motive, advocacy groups across the ideological spectrum condemned the violence, with some casting it as a hate crime. "Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as `hateful' must end," said the president of the National Organization for Marriage. The FRC strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion, and says it advocates "faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion."

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Aug 17, 2012 7:38 AM CDT
omg! shooter dissed group! bad shooter bad bad shooter!
Aug 16, 2012 2:36 PM CDT
slowly the sheep are led along..since when did so many "politically motivated" shootings occur in this country especially during an election year! Through thoughts we create the reality we live in and a nation polarized by politics will foster a reality of hate, mistrust, fear, and misunderstanding. Politicians understand this tactic through control, control of media/law/economy. We, the people, must understand this at a grass-roots level. Stop turning on your tv's and accepting what you see as is. Stop looking at the world as democrat and republican. Socialist and capitalist. Look at it as human - compassionate, peaceful, loving.
Aug 16, 2012 3:32 AM CDT
Family Research Council (FRC) is a certified anti-gay hate group by the world renowned, internationally respected Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) ( "The Southern Poverty Law Center is a nonprofit civil rights organization dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society. Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups." The specific page that details the activities of the FRC on the SPLC Web site may be found at: