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Security guard credited for thwarting D.C. shooting at conservative Family Research Council

BY ERIC TUCKER AND PETE YOST, ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON -- A man who had been a volunteer at a community center for gays walked into the lobby of a conservative political organization, assailed the group's work, pulled a gun and opened fire.

But the shooting Wednesday morning at the downtown Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council left only one person injured: the security guard. And after being struck in the arm, he helped wrestle the gunman to the floor, thwarting an attack that police fear could have turned deadly.

"The security guard here is a hero, in my opinion," D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said of Leo Johnson, who was conscious and in stable condition at an area hospital after the shooting.

Police and the FBI were investigating why the armed man, identified as 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., entered the front lobby of the conservative group, argued with the guard and opened fire. But one law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the suspect made a negative reference about the group's work and what it stands for before shooting.

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