More on the FRC shooter
Some further background information on Floyd Lee Corkins, II, identified as the shooter who tried to bust in on Family Research Council headquarters in Washington, D.C., yesterday, and was stopped by the heroic security guard he wounded:
Note: The following are biographical items only, offering only indirect insight if any into the events:
- According to public records, Floyd Lee Corkins II was born May 3, 1984, in Indiana.
- At the time, his family lived on Grissom Air Force Base. From the Logansport Pharos Tribune (Logansport, Ind.) May 11, 1984, p. 2: “Jacqueline Corkins and son Grissom AFB dismissed from hospital.”
- One record lists Floyd L. Corkins II as having attended the University of Maryland from 1999 through 2001. Not known whether he graduated.
- A Facebook page for Floyd Corkins II lists him as attending George Mason University.
- His most recent addresses are Herndon, Va., and 2079 Tucson Avenue, Andrews Air Force Base, Md. 20762.
- His parents are Floyd L., age 55, and Jacqueline S. Corkins.
- His family is listed in public records and directories as having lived at 1534 Gardenia Lane # B, Yigo, Guam 96929, location of Andersen Air Force Base; 2617 Copehart Avenue, Grissom Air Force Base, Ind. 46971 (1986); 35032 Altus Court, Grissom Air Force Base, Ind. 46971 (1993-1995); Peru, Ind.; 5705 SE 82nd Street, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73135 (1996); 9716 Crest Dr, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73130 (1996-1999) ; and the Tucson Ave address at Andrews Air Force Base (2001-2002),
From NPR, the following interesting nuggets, no pun intended:
“Corkins who had been volunteering recently at a community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, made a negative comment about the organization’s activity before the shooting, but the reference was not specific, one of the law enforcement officials said. Two law enforcement officials said Corkins was carrying sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, a fast-food chain whose president’s opposition to same-sex marriage recently placed the restaurant at the center of a national cultural debate.”
“Corkins had been volunteering for about the past six months at The DC Center for the LGBT Community, said David Mariner, executive director of the community center, which is in Northwest Washington. He usually staffed the center’s front desk on Saturdays, and his most recent shift was about two weeks ago.”
So we have an Air Force brat, moving from base to base through his growing-up years and located in the mid-Atlantic as a twenty-something. Make of it what you will; theories are premature at this stage.
Questions, however, are not:
Why did he volunteer at LGTB? Was he scoping it out for an attack, too?
Conversely, why did he patronize Chick-fil-A? Was he scoping it out for an attack?
When he went to the Family Research Council headquarters, what did he know of FRC?
What exactly did he say on entering? What was his criticism, verbatim?
In his previous years and home sites, was he known for either pro- or anti-gay rhetoric or activity?
It is to be hoped that these and other questions will be answered.
For now, our friends on the right seem to be exercised about claiming–falsely–that ‘the media’ are ‘ignoring’ the shooting.
That’s what’s not happening. As a wonderful editor, now sadly gone, once said: “Breaking news will break you.”