WASHINGTON, August 15, 2012 ( – The suspect arrested for shooting a security guard after attempting to enter the Family Research Council headquarters was carrying paraphernalia related to Chick-Fil-A, the restaurant chain that came under fire last month for supporting traditional marriage, according to reports.

Federal officials said the suspect, identified as Floyd Corkins, of Herndon, Virginia, “was carrying a backpack containing materials related to Chick-fil-A restaurants,” according to NBC.


In an earlier report, Fox News said that sources claimed the gunman “may have been carrying a bag from Chick-fil-A.”

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Chick-Fil-A was condemned by gay rights leaders and several mayors for CEO Dan Cathy’s expression of Biblical beliefs regarding the sanctity of marriage, remarks that touched off renewed opposition to Chick-Fil-A for donating to “hate groups,” including the Family Research Council.

Perkin’s group, one of the country’s most high-profile advocacy groups against redefining marriage, had strongly supported Cathy’s statements as well as the “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” that drew tens of thousands of Americans to the restaurant chain in an expression of support.