Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released the following statement on the recovery progress of long-time FRC staff member Leo Johnson, who was shot on Wednesday inside the lobby of FRC’s headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.
“We are grateful for the outpouring of prayers and well-wishes for Leo as well as the entire FRC team who have been affected by this attack. It will take time, but he will be back with us soon, for which we are all grateful. We remain in close contact with Leo and his family. Leo asked that we express his appreciation for everyone’s prayers and support. He does not wish to make any further public statements for now and requested that the media respect his privacy as he focuses on healing and getting better.”
The suspect in the shooting has been identified by the FBI as Floyd Lee Corkins, a 28-year-old man from Herndon, Virginia. According to documents filed by the FBI, he told personnel at the Family Research Council that he did not like their politics.
Corkins, who is currently being held on a charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, was reportedly found with a 9mm pistol and 100 rounds of ammunition, and had over a dozen Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwiches in his possession.
The fast food restaurant has been in the media in recent weeks after voicing executive-wide opposition to gay marriage.