Incident Summary:

08/15/2012: An assailant opened fire on a security guard at the offices of the Family Research Council in Washington, District of Columbia (DC), United States. One security guard was wounded in the attack; the assailant was arrested. Floyd Corkins claimed responsibility for the attack, stating that he targeted the Family Research Council because of the organization's opposition to gay marriage and gay rights.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

District of Columbia


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity Family Research Council
Specific Description Security Guard
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Pro-LGBT Rights extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man guilty in Family Research Council shooting," The Associated Press, February 6, 2013.
"Family Research Council security guard shot by gunman at DC headquarters," Guardian Unlimited, August 16, 2012.
"Plea is first under D.C. terrorism act of '02; Man admits plan for mass killings," The Washington Times, February 7, 2013.