Update (11:45 a.m. EDT): Corkins has been charged federally, and new details of the shooting incident came out in the FBI affidavit against him, including the fact that he was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, which is significant because Chick-fil-A has been at the center of a renewed debate over same-sex marriage after its president said it was something he didn't support. See below for more details on Corkins, the charges against him, his alleged weaponry, and more.
Original: The morning after a man shot a security guard in the lobby of the conservative Family Research Council, we're learning more about the suspect, who may be charged with domestic terrorism depending on his motive in the shooting. As you've no doubt heard by now, a man walked into the lobby of the building housing the conservative family values advocacy group, said something critical of the group's beliefs, and fired a gun at a security guard, who was hit in the arm as he wrestled the shooter to the ground. Details dribbled out throughout the day on Wednesday, but by compiling the news reports on Thursday we can get a much more thorough picture of who the suspect is and what he allegedly did.
The basics: The suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., who the Associated Press described as "a large man with a shaved head and an unbuttoned striped shirt." The Washington Post reports he has a master's degree from George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development.
His interests: Corkins reportedly volunteered at a gay, lesbian, and transgender community center in Washington, D.C., where a colleague described him to the AP as "a kind, gentle and unassuming young man." The Post tracked down a fellow George Mason student, 28-year-old Allan P. Chan, who said the two liked to work out together and lift weights, and that Corkins "a fanatic of Nietzsche," the 19th-century German philosopher. Update: According to Talking Points Memo's Ryan J. Reilly, "His parents told the FBI that Corkins 'has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner.' "
His weapon: "Corkins was carrying a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun that authorities have determined was purchased and owned legally," the AP reports. An NBC reporter tweeted on Wednesday that he was carrying two 15-round clips, but on Thursday the network's story said simply that he was carrying "several additional rounds of ammunition." Update: Reilly reports via the FBI affidavit on Corkins that he was carrying a box of 50 extra rounds of ammunition.
What he said: According to ABC affiliate WJLA, "Sources say Corkins walked into the Family Research Council and said 'It’s not about you, it’s about the policy,' and then shot the guard." Update: According to a new AP report from Eric Tucker, "federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II told a guard at the Family Research Council, 'I don’t like your politics.' "
The charges: Corkins is being held on a local charge of assault with a deadly weapon, but according to CNN: "The FBI's Jacqueline Maguire said the case is being worked jointly by the FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department 'to determine motive/intent and whether a hate crime/terrorism nexus exists.' " Update: Tucker reports federal prosecutors charged Corkins with "assault with intent to kill and with bringing a firearm across state lines."
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