Family Research Council shooting victim Leo Johnson out of the hospital

A courtroom sketch of alleged Family Research Council shooter Floyd Lee Corkins. WUSA

(CBS/AP) WASHINGTON - The building manager for a Washington-based conservative lobbying group says he's out of the hospital after being shot last week and his "condition continues to improve."

Floyd Lee Corkins indicted in shooting at conservative Family Research Council headquarters
Man indicted for shooting at conservative group

Leo Johnson was shot in the arm by a gunman who authorities say didn't like the politics of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian organization "promoting the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system" according to their official website. Johnson was working security in the building's lobby and helped subdue the gunman and take the gun awya from him after he was shot.

In a statement released Friday by the FRC, Johnson says he's likely to need another surgery. He also sends out thanks for the prayers and support he's received and asks for privacy.

According to CBS affiliate WUSA in Washington, FBI agents found a loaded Sig Sauer 9mm pistol and two additional magazines loaded with 9mm ammunition among the belongings of the suspect, 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins. His backpack contained a box of Federal brand 9mm ammunition, 50 rounds of ammunition and 15 Chick-fil-A sandwiches.

Corkins had been volunteering at The DC Center for the LGBT Community -- a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people -- for six months. He told authorities that he had "strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner." A witness said that they heard Corkins say "I don't like your politics" at the crime scene according to a complain.

Corkins is due in court Friday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. He faces an assault charge and handgun charges that carry the possibility of decades in prison.

Comments

CBSN Live

pop-out
Live Video

Watch CBSN Live

Watch CBS News anytime, anywhere with the new 24/7 digital news network. Stream CBSN live or on demand for FREE on your TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone.