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Shooting at Christian Lobbying Group in D.C.

A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard at the headquarters of a Christian lobbying group made a negative reference about the organization’s work before opening fire, a law enforcement official said.

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Police said the man entered the front lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington around 10:45 a.m. EDT, began arguing with a security guard and then shot him in the arm. The gunman was subdued by the guard and others and taken into custody but had not been charged as of Wednesday evening.

Another law enforcement official identified the suspect as Floyd Corkins II, and authorities were interviewing Corkins’ neighbors in Herndon, Va., near Washington. Both officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss an ongoing investigation.

Corkins, 28, had been volunteering recently at a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The guard, Leo Johnson, was in stable condition and was being interviewed.

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

OBAMA, ROMNEY DENOUNCE SHOOTING

White House spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama, who was traveling in Iowa Wednesday, was informed of the shooting shortly after 1 p.m.

Carney said, “The president expressed his concern for the individual injured in the shooting and his strong belief that this type of violence has no place in our society.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a statement that he was appalled. “There is no place for such violence in our society,” he said. “My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today’s horrific events.”

 

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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