A Virginia man pleaded guilty on Feb. 6 to shooting a security guard at the Washington headquarters of the far-right Family Research Council.
The man, Floyd Corkins II, 28, admitted in a plea deal that he went to the FRC in mid-August 2012 to shoot as many people as possible and that he also had plans to target other right-wing groups that oppose gay marriage.
Corkins, when he was arrested, was carrying 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches in a backpack – at that time, the family-run restaurant chain was embroiled in controversy over support for anti-gay groups. Corkins, according to a prosecutor at the plea hearing, planned to rub the sandwiches in his victims' faces.
But he never got beyond the lobby of the FRC headquarters, where he was stopped by security guard Leonardo Johnson. Corkins fired three sots in the lobby. One of them hit Johnson, but the guard still wrestled Corkins to the ground.
Corkins pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition because he had to travel from Virginia to D.C., assault with intent to kill while armed and act of terrorism while armed.
He could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison on April 29.
After the shooting, FRC placed blame for the incident on the Southern Poverty Law Center, which had characterized the FRC as a "hate group."