Family Research Council Shooting: Injured Guard Tackles Gunman

August 16, 2012

 By  and  , ABC News

A gunman opened fire on a security guard at the Washington D.C., headquarters of a conservative Christian organization only to be tackled and subdued by the guard whom he had just shot in the arm, authorities said.

The suspect, identified by law enforcement sources as Floyd Corkins of Herndon, Va., is alleged to have entered the offices of The Family Research Council and yelled at the guard about the organization’s policies.

The shooter soon fired a handgun at the guard around 10:50 a.m. EDT.

Corkins, who was not shot, was subsequently subdued by the injured guard and others, officials said. Police arrested him and authorities said he was being interviewed by the FBI.

The security guard, who has been hailed by police as a hero for averting a rampage, was taken to a nearby hospital.

“The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” said Metro Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier. “He did his job. The person never made it past the front.”

Later in the afternoon, authorities widened the security perimeter around the building when a suspicious package was discovered. They were also searching the suspect’s car and home in Virginia.

Charges likely will be filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington, sources said.

Law enforcement sources did not officially identify the suspect except to say he was from Virginia.

“We don’t know enough about him or his circumstances,” said James McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office. “We are going to try to sort this all out, pull the evidence and do all the interviews we can.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins issued a statement on the organization’s website.

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