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Family Research Council Shooter Reportedly Carried Chick-fil-A Promotional Materials: VIDEO


Some more information on the shooting at the Family Research Council headquarters in Washington D.C. this morning in which a security guard was shot. The local NBC affiliate is reporting that there were Chick-fil-A promotional materials in the shooter's backpack. He hasn't yet been identified.

“The security officer here is a hero, as far as I’m concerned,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said. “He did his job. The person never made it past farther than the front door.”

The shooter entered the building at 801 G Street NW at around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday. He approached the front desk and said he was an intern before pulling a Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun from a backpack. The guard confronted him, and they had an altercation before the shooter fired, striking the guard in the arm. Despite his injury, he gained control of the weapon and held it on the suspect.

Authorities found two loaded magazines with 15 rounds each in the suspect's backpack, as well as Chik-Fil-A promotional materials, NBC4's Jackie Bensen reported...

...The suspect's name has not yet been released, but he is from the D.C. area and was born in 1984, NBC's Pete Williams has learned. The suspect apparently took the Metro downtown and parked his car at a Falls Church Metro station, Williams said. It's not currently clear whether it was East or West Falls Church.

Watch MPD Chief Cathy Lanier make a statement, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. lets see the lobby video and see how much of a struggle there was..This has the stench of a rotting chick-fil-a sandwich all over it....FRC trying to make the LBGT look like domestic terrorists.....

    Posted by: Mark | Aug 15, 2012 3:46:28 PM

  2. The first thing they'll do is call for stricter gun laws, right?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Aug 15, 2012 3:47:34 PM

  3. If the shooter has Chik-Fil-A material on him then it was one of their own, LOL!

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 15, 2012 3:49:34 PM

  4. Probably a kook who didn't think FRC was conservative enough or mistook them for a pro-GLBT organization.

    The presence of pro-Chik-fil-a materials is a sign in that direction. Most violent kooks aren't too bright. And, terroristic gun-violence by GLBT persons is completely unheard of as opposed to the daily incidents perpetrated by the neo-facist God, guts, and guns kooks on the right.

    Posted by: StarGem | Aug 15, 2012 3:54:58 PM

  5. Dunno stargem, Jimmy Holmes is apparently extremely 'bright'.

    Anyone who out of the blue does something like this is mentally ill, effed up on drugs [legal and/or illegal], psychotic.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 15, 2012 4:06:08 PM

  6. 'And, terroristic gun-violence by GLBT persons is completely unheard of as opposed to the daily incidents perpetrated by the neo-facist God, guts, and guns kooks on the right."

    Exactly. I hope the country's "liberal" mass media will point this out to Die Volk.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 4:09:56 PM

  7. Wish Cathy had called them what they are, which is an evangelical lobbying organization, not a "Christian family" organization.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 4:15:35 PM

  8. My money's on the worst type of person: entitled, perpetually indignant, unskilled (shot someone in the shoulder point blank with the element of surprise on his side) and physically unfit (overpowered by someone who'd been shot). A chickenshit, gay or straight.

    Posted by: Yeek | Aug 15, 2012 4:19:52 PM

  9. It doesn't even matter why the shooter did this. Ultimately, we'll be blamed, because we're always who they blame.

    Posted by: Randy | Aug 15, 2012 4:20:42 PM

  10. This is probably a stupid theory but maybe the shooter confused the Family Research Council with the Family Equality Council. The FBI did tell reporters it was too early to tell what the facts are and to proceed with caution with witness reports.

    Posted by: KT | Aug 15, 2012 4:30:47 PM

  11. of course we'll be *blamed*.

    we also caused 9/11, eh? and every natural disaster in american history. the gays did it.

    not the slave owners, or the anti-integrationists, or even the Nazis, because apparently God doesn't care about injustices against black people or Jewish people. God just really hates that Deb & Sue are getting married after 25 years together.

    But to stop being so flippant and ask a serious question: how many more shootings need to happen before the US has a legit discussion about enforcing stricter gun-control?

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 4:31:54 PM

  12. Alleged.

    Posted by: Alleged. | Aug 15, 2012 4:41:01 PM

  13. Probably confused FRC with HRC. FBI keeping very mum for now. I don't know any GLBT persons who keep a backpack full of Chick-fil-a promotional materials with them at all times.

    Posted by: StarGem | Aug 15, 2012 4:41:43 PM

  14. Picture of the shooter:

    Posted by: Dan | Aug 15, 2012 4:51:25 PM

  15. You know, I am going to buck the trend here and say that, in the overall scheme of things, a gay activist threatening violence, bodily harm, and even death to people trying to create a society in which we are regarded as social pariahs......would be a GOOD thing.

    Gay people--and gay men in particular--are regarded as wusses--and are seen as no threat to society, even if we continue to be treated as inferiors. And any group that is not really feared is never really taken all that seriously.

    People talk admiringly of Dr. King's strategy of non-violence, but the actual truth of the matter is that no real change occurred with regard to civil rights in the 60's until riots broke out, cities were set on fire, and violence was threatened.

    Mao once said that all power comes from the barrell of a gun--and he was not far from being right, if you look at how and where and when REAL social change has occurred in human history.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 15, 2012 5:01:34 PM

  16. Let's hope the shooter is straight identified and psychotic because if it turns out that he is gay, it will be baaaaaaaad press for the GLBT community, and the haters at Family Research Council, Focus On The Family, American Family Association, et. al. will use it against us for a decade.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 15, 2012 5:04:00 PM

  17. Rick, I try to defend you sometimes, but you are dead wrong on this.

    There's a double standard we are stuck with. They can shoot up abortion clinics. They can condone anti-gay violence. Doesn't matter. They are still "right" in their minds. To win over that 1-3% of the moveable middle, before they solidify to one side or the other, we HAVE to play by a higher set of rules. There's no option. The black panthers did not advance civil rights except in the most nebulous sense.

    NOBODY out there is going to think "gee whiz, the gays are finally standing up for themselves". NOBODY. Not even gay people. What will happen is christian evangelical crazies thinking "I thought I could not vote for that durn mormon Romney, but I done have to, to prevent them gays from shootin up muh church".

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 5:18:08 PM

  18. Too bad the guard was hurt. That said, hate groups inspire hate. It is only to be expected.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Aug 15, 2012 5:18:49 PM

  19. PeterParker, if it tips the election and Romney fills the courts with Mormons, the FRC will get 20-30 years out of it. You can say goodbye to civil unions, any anti-discrimination laws, the right to adopt or foster parent children, etc. etc.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 5:20:56 PM

  20. don't take "Rick" too seriously. The man is a wimp who can't even show his face online, let alone get involved in anything resembling an in-person discussion, debate or *fight* about anything gay.

    He is, in effect, the very wuss he always talks about.

    Take a long curtsy, gurl.


    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Aug 15, 2012 5:23:26 PM

  21. Sig Sauer Nice GUN!

    Posted by: GUEST | Aug 15, 2012 5:25:20 PM

  22. @ECHTKULTIG Here's the thing. Our REAL problems cannot be solved by passing laws. They can only be changed by altering the culture. And the culture will only be changed if male homosexuality and masculinity are seen as compatible rather than mutually exclusive.

    Bottom line is that gay men are not respected--especially by other men--because they are widely regarded as "pu$$ies"--they run from fights, they are cowards who won't defend themselves, they try to hide behind women and ride their coattails, etc., etc.

    I, myself, have seen, quite literally, a sea-change in attitude among individual straight men who tried to harrass me when they found out I was gay--only to be shocked when I confronted them over it, displaying a willingness to engage in physical confrontation if necessary.

    At Mardi Gras in New Orleans last year, I personally confronted Evangelicals who were parading around with homophobic signs--and saw the genuine fear in their eyes......and watched them hightail it down the street when it became clear that they might be subject to physical violence.....

    I am not suggesting a binge of terrorism and murder here--of course not--but I am suggesting that more physical and violent confrontations with these people are just what the doctor ordered, both to shut them down and--more importantly--to gain the respect of straight men.......

    And I have to say that many gay men who disavow such physical confrontations only do so out of cowardice, not out of principle or conviction.....

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 15, 2012 5:30:11 PM

  23. Well, that statement clarified exactly nothing.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 15, 2012 5:33:45 PM

  24. Rick:
    "Bottom line is that gay men are not respected--especially by other men--because they are widely regarded as "pu$$ies"--they run from fights, they are cowards who won't defend themselves"

    There's a small nugget of truth in this, but that's all I'm going to say because it's totally irrelevant. Shooting a guard in the lobby, in the arm, is not masculine, nor is it even a well-executed act of terrorism. Even assuming such a thing would be effective, which it would NOT be!

    Laws sometimes ARE needed to change the culture. That's what the entire civil rights struggle in the south was about. Frankly, some of white people who were alive then and objected to desegregation still object to it...and some of their children, too! (A major motivation behind most, but not all, tea party supporters.) But the mere fact the laws no longer enforce separate but equal has led to unambiguous social progress. It's been slow but steady: witness Tim Tebow kissing his black teammate LOL. (a banal, but illustrative example...which has nothing to do with gay rights btw as both figures involved are probably anti-gay rights...but would have been completely unimaginable in the south 25 years ago, and more for the racial than sexual aspect.)

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Aug 15, 2012 5:59:52 PM

  25. Floyd Corkins worked at the DC LGBT center for six months. So yeah, he's a gay. Of course, the cons will run with this, although the body count of gays causing harm to anti-gay wingnuts/bigots vs anti-gay wingnuts/bigots causing harm to gays clearly isn't proportional in their favor.

    I expect many people around the web to make the obligatory "I thought all gay men were hot" comment now.

    Posted by: Francis | Aug 15, 2012 6:54:50 PM

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