A gunman opened fire at the Family Research Council, the Washington D.C. offices, and faces charges of “assault with intent to kill” and illegal transportation of a gun and ammunition.
As the 28-year-old pulled a 9mm Sig Sauer pistol from a backpack, he told the guard, “I don’t like your politics,” quoted by an FBI affidavit. Corkins, who lives in Herndon, Va, transported the weapon from East Falls Church to the downtown D.C office on the Metrorail.
Corkins shot the Family Research Council’s unarmed security guard, due to his anger surrounding the group’s conservative stance in regards to marriage. The security guard, Leonardo R. Johnson, was shot once in the arm, but was still able bodied to take control of the suspect and wrestle the gun from his fingers.
The Family Research Council supports the Atlanta based fast food chain, Chick-Fil-A, who recently spoke out against same-sex marriage. Corkins was a volunteer at a U Street NW support center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) patrons.
The Justice Department released to the press that the defendant is charged with the federal offense of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition paired with the District of Columbia offense of assault with the intent to kill while armed. Both offenses carry maximum penalties of 10 years imprisonment on the federal offense, and 30 years imprisonment on the District of Columbia offense with a minimum of five years.
Hearsay claimed Corkins may be charged with attempting a terrorist attack, but his motive made him an ill-candidate for that specific federal crime.
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