Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., was indicted today on charges related to the August 15 shooting at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., that injured a security guard.
A grand jury charged Corkin with assault with intent to kill while armed and possession of a handgun during a crime of violence, along with a federal charge of interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition. Corkin, who reportedly told the security guard “I don’t like your politics” before opening fire, was not charged with a hate crime.
At a press conference the day after the shooting, FRC President Tony Perkins said his organization does not support the “hate crime” label and said Corkin should not be charged with a hate crime.
UPDATE: public defender thinks hate crimes charge unlikely in FRC shooting http://t.co/ZNdPhqr3
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Federal investigators had said they would investigate the shooter’s motives to determine if domestic terrorism charges were warranted. Corkins was carrying a bag with 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches, and Traditional Values Coalition President Andrea Lafferty says authorities told her Corkins was carrying a note with contact information for her organization also.
Corkins is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.