A security guard working for the conservative Christian Family Research Council is being hailed as a hero after he stopped a gunman trying to gain access to the organization's Washington, D.C., headquarters on August 15. The guard, identified as Leo Johnson, was shot by 28-year-old Floyd Corkins after the gunman entered FRC's lobby and began making statements opposing the group's policies. Law enforcement officials said Corkins' intent apparently was to gain access to FRC's upstairs offices, where the results could well have turned deadly.
After being shot, Johnson helped subdue and disarm Corkins, witnesses said. “I would say in this case, the security officer here is a hero, as far as I'm concerned,” said Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier. “He did his job. I mean, the person never made it farther than the front door.”
Witnesses reported that after being subdued Corkins told Johnson: “Don't shoot me. It was not about you; it was what this place stands for.”
Corkins, who was taken into FBI custody, was a volunteer at a Washington community center catering to homosexuals, CBN News reported. In addition to a 9mm handgun, he was reportedly carrying a Chick-fil-A bag. That restaurant chain has been in the news over the past several weeks over comments its president, Dan Cathy, made in support of Christian values and traditional marriage.
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Photo of police and FBI agents outside Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., after the shooting: AP Images