ON WEDNESDAY, investigators say, 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II, armed with a 9mm pistol, boarded Metrorail in East Falls Church and headed for the District headquarters of the Family Research Council (FRC) on G Street NW. A devotee of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and volunteer at a support center for the gay community, Mr. Corkins apparently was on a mission to attack the organization famous for anti-gay rhetoric and “research.” Considering the 50 rounds of ammunition he allegedly carried in his backpack, it looks like that mission was to kill.
Thanks to the quick and clear-headed response of Leonardo R. Johnson, 46, the security guard on duty, Mr. Corkins was stopped in his tracks, and countless lives may have been saved.
According to an FBI affidavit, the young man approached him, pistol in hand, and said: “I don’t like your politics.” Immediately, Mr. Corkins shot Mr. Johnson in the arm. What happened next is a testament to Mr. Johnson’s valor in a moment of peril.