August 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The sole suspect in this morning’s shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C. has been volunteering at a community center for homosexuals, it has been revealed.
David Mariner, the executive director of The DC Center for the LGBT Community, told the Associated Press that Floyd Corkins II had been volunteering at the center for the past six months or so. He described Corkins as, “kind, gentle and unassuming.”
Corkins, 28, of Herndon, Virginia, allegedly entered the lobby of FRC this morning, where witnesses say he criticized the conservative organization, before opening fire. One security officer was shot in the arm before the officer was able to subdue Corkins with the assistance of others.
Corkins was reportedly armed with multiple weapons.
While police have not released any information about a possible motive, a picture is beginning to emerge of a homosexual activist who may have had an axe to grind against the conservative organization, particularly its recent stance in support of fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A.
An early report from Fox News, subsequently confirmed by law enforcement officials, had said that Corkins was spotted carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag. Chick-Fil-A is a well-known donor to Family Research Council. The fast-food chain has also been in the news a great deal recently, after its CEO, Dan Cathy, affirmed that he believes in the traditional definition of marriage.
Meanwhile, President Obama has weighed in on today’s events, with his spokesman, Jay Carney, telling the press that Obama expressed his concern for the victim and said that such violence has no place in society.
Earlier in the day Mitt Romney had released a statement condemning the shooting. “I am appalled by the shooting today at the offices of the Family Research Council in our nation’s capital,” Romney said. “There is no place for such violence in our society. My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”