Family Research Council Shooter Faces Up To Forty Years In Prison

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Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. The conservative organization is against abortion and euthanasia and considers homosexuality to be a sin.  (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Local and federal investigators work to gather evidence after a security guard was shot in the arm at the headquarters of the Family Research Council. The conservative organization is against abortion and euthanasia and considers homosexuality to be a sin. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The man who allegedly shot a security guard at a conservative Christian lobbying group Wednesday now faces up to 40 years in prison.

28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II will appear in U.S. District Court Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Corkins has been brought up on multiple charges which could carry a total of 40 years in prison.

He has been charged with a federal offense of transporting a firearm across state lines, which carries up to 10 years in prison, and in the District of Columbia is charged with assault with intent to kill while armed. The charge in D.C. carries a maximum of 30 years imprisonment with a mandatory-minimum of 5 years.

Federal authorities say Corkins told a security guard at the Family Research Council, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting him in the arm around 11 a.m. The guard and others helped subdue Corkins, who was taken into custody.

The security guard who was shot – 46-year-old Leo Johnson – was taken to a hospital following the attack where he was treated for gunshot wounds.

Johnson’s mother says her son is “doing fine” and she’s proud of him. Virginia Johnson  says she hasn’t yet visited her son but she spoke to him this morning and he told her he feels very well. Ms. Johnson says she’s proud pf her son; proud he helped subdue the gunman even after he was shot in the left arm.

Corkins may have been motivated by the Family Research Council’s support of traditional marriage.

Corkins had been a volunteer at the center for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community for the last 6 months. The director for the D.C. center described Corkins as “kind, gentle and unassuming.”

The Family Research Council advocates conservative positions on social issues and strongly opposes gay marriage and abortion.

At the time of the shooting, Corkins was reportedly carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag.

More than 40 national groups representing the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community have signed a statement condemning Wednesday’s shooting.

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