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UPDATE: Here's the latest on the gunman who shot a security guard on Wednesday after walking into the Family Research Council's D.C. headquarters:
—Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va., has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon related to the shooting, CNN reports. The FBI is also investigating the shooting as a possible instance of "domestic terrorism."
— A complaint filed by federal authorities Thursday morning reveals that Corkins was carrying a Sig Sauer 9mm pistol, two magazines and an additional 50 rounds of ammo, and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches when he entered the Family Research Council's lobby on Wednesday. He allegedly told the guard he shot something like "I don't like your politics," Talking Points Memo reports.
—Corkins was a volunteer at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. The organization's executive director, David Mariner, released a statement saying he was "shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the DC Center could be the cause of such a tragic act of violence. No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for the victim and our thoughts are with him and his family."
A joint statement released on Wednesday by LGBT groups and posted on the Human Rights Campaign website also condemned the shooting:
"We were saddened to hear news of the shooting this morning at the offices of the Family Research Council. Our hearts go out to the shooting victim, his family, and his co-workers. The motivation and circumstances behind today’s tragedy are still unknown, but regardless of what emerges as the reason for this shooting, we utterly reject and condemn such violence. We wish for a swift and complete recovery for the victim of this terrible incident."
Meanwhile, The National Organization for Marriage, a conservative anti-gay-marriage group, has condemned Human Rights Campaign along with the Southern Poverty Law Center for previously labeling the Family Research Council as a "hate group":
"Today's attack is the clearest sign we've seen that labeling pro-marriage groups as 'hateful' must end...for too long national gay rights groups have intentionally marginalized and ostracized pro-marriage groups and individuals by labeling them as 'hateful' and 'bigoted'—such harmful and dangerous labels deserve no place in our civil society."
Wednesday, August 15: A developing story out of Washington, D.C.: A security guard for the Family Research Council was shot in the arm late Wednesday morning.
Details about the incident are still scarce, but the Associated Press reports that police say the gunman walked into the downtown office building of the conservative Christian lobby shop at around 10:45 a.m. and proceeded to shoot the guard after being confronted by him. The injured guard and others then wrestled the man to the ground, and he was later taken into custody by the FBI.
The local Washington ABC News affiliate reports that the guard was conscious and breathing after the incident and that the suspect was led out of the building in handcuffs by authorities.
"The security guard here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned," Washington police Chief Cathy Lanier
told reporters. "He did his job. The person never made it past the front."
More from the AP: "The FBI and police say it's too early to know the circumstances of the shooting and whether it was connected to the Family Research Council's activities." The group, led by Tony Perkins, says its mission is to advocate for "faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion," and is well-known for its vocal opposition to gay marriage and abortion, and for its annual Value Voters Summit political conference.
The Washington Post reports that police have not released the name of the guard or the gunman and wouldn't say what what kind of gun the shooter used or whether the security guard was armed.