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Family Research Council Shooting, LGBT Groups Respond

By |2018-01-16T11:28:16-05:00August 23rd, 2012|National, News|

Within hours of a shooting by a lone gunman at the Family Research Council’s offices in Washington, DC, LGBT leaders made the following statement:

“We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers. The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident.”
Find the list of signers here:

The Associated Press reported:
A Virginia man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a social conservative lobbying group on Wednesday made a negative reference about the organization’s work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.
Police said the man, identified as Floyd Lee Corkins II, entered the front lobby of the Family Research Council in downtown Washington around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, began arguing with a security guard and then shot him in the arm. Corkins, 28, was restrained by the wounded guard and others and was being held Wednesday night on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon, the FBI said.
Read the story here

Other initial reporting can be found here:

1. Family Research Council Shooting Wounds Security Guard
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/family-research-council-shooting_n_1779232.html
{The suspect apprehended Wednesday morning for the shooting of a security guard in the lobby of the headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups, worked as a volunteer for the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Read more here …URL http://www.washingtonblade.com/2012/08/15/guard-shot-at-family-research-council}

2. Shooting suspect was volunteering at LGBT center
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20120815/us-security-guard-shooting

3. FRC was ‘not’ labeled a hate group because it opposes same-sex marriage, though some are now trying to spin it that way:
http://www.nomblog.com/27069
http://gay.americablog.com/2012/08/shooting-at-family-research-council.html
http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/08/nom-blames-hate-group-label-for-family.html

4. Photo of alleged shooter
http://joemygod.blogspot.com/2012/08/frc-shooter-identified.html
http://www.towleroad.com/2012/08/family-research-council-shooter-ided-as-floyd-corkins-photo.html

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