Man charged in shooting at conservative group HQ
(AP) – A Virginia man has been charged in federal court in the shooting of a security guard at the headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group. Federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II told a guard at the Family Research Council, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting him in the arm.
The guard and others helped subdue Corkins, who was taken into custody. He’s been charged with assault with intent to kill and with bringing a firearm across state lines. Authorities found a box of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in his backpack.
Mother of wounded security guard says he’s ‘fine’
The mother of the wounded security guard says her son is “doing fine” and she’s proud of him. Virginia Johnson tells The Associated Press she hasn’t yet been to visit her son, 46-year-old Leonardo “Leo” Johnson, but she spoke to him Thursday morning by telephone from his hospital bed. She says he told her he “feels very well” before hanging up because doctors were coming in to check on him.
She says she assumed her son was the victim as soon as she learned about the shooting, which happened late Wednesday morning. She says she’s proud of him for helping to subdue the gunman even after he was shot.