The day before, Corkins had purchased 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches that he carried in his backpack along with the 9mm SIG Sauer pistol. He planned to “smear” the sandwiches in the faces of his victims to make a political statement, according to court documents.
Just before 11 a.m. Aug. 15, Corkins gained access to the building by telling Johnson that he was interested in an internship. When Johnson asked to see Corkins’s identification, he reached into his backpack and pulled out his gun.
(Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) - Leo Johnson poses for a portrait in Washington. Johnson was shot in the arm while at work at the Family Research Council when an intruder opened fire at the conservative-leaning think tank in downtown D.C.
Floyd Lee Corkins is seen entering the lobby of Family Research Council building on Aug. 15, 2012, in this security camera video while armed with a loaded semi-automatic pistol. Leo Johnson was at the front desk and was shot in the forearm, but was able to wrestle the gun away from Corkins.
Corkins fired three times, striking Johnson in the left forearm.
At the scene, police found a handwritten list in Corkins’s front pants pocket with the names of three other socially conservative organizations. Had he succeeded with the shooting, Corkins told FBI agents, he planned to go directly to the second organization.
Corkins’s attorney said a lesser sentence was appropriate because his client had been suffering from severe mental problems.
Six months before the shooting, Corkins was voluntarily committed to a mental hospital in San Francisco because he was having hallucinations and “thoughts of killing his parents and conservative right-wing Christians,” according to court filings.
Corkins was diagnosed with a major depressive disorder with psychotic features and was taking medication to treat his illness.
In March 2012, Corkins returned home to Northern Virginia at his parents’ request. He continued with treatment at a Falls Church clinic and met with a therapist weekly.
In June 2012, his psychiatrist changed his medication to a monthly shot of an antipsychotic drug. The next month, Corkins received a second shot, and his psychiatrist noted that Corkins “was no longer experiencing any depression or desire to harm himself or others.”
Corkins missed his next shot, scheduled for Aug. 14, the day before the shooting.
“When questioned by the police after his arrest,” Bos said, “it was apparent the demons that led Mr. Corkins to seek treatment in San Francisco six months earlier had returned.”