Man guilty in Family Research Council shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Virginia man has pleaded guilty to wounding a security guard at the Washington headquarters of a conservative Christian lobbying group, a shooting that made headlines in part because the gunman was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.
Floyd Corkins II, 28, acknowledged in a plea agreement that he intended to kill as many people as possible during the August shooting at the Family Research Council. He also planned to target other organizations that oppose gay marriage if he wasn’t stopped.
Corkins said he intended to smear the sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents. Chick-fil-A was making headlines at the time because of its president’s opposition to gay marriage.
In a statement released after Corkins’ plea, the head of the Family Research Council blamed the shooting in part on the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled his organization a hate group. In his plea agreement, Corkins acknowledged he identified the Council as “an anti-gay organization” by visiting Southern Poverty’s website.