By Brody Levesque | WASHINGTON -- Appearing before U. S. Magistrate Judge Alan Kay in U.S. District Court in D.C. Thursday afternoon, Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Virginia was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition. Wearing a white prison jumpsuit and standing between two U. S. Deputy Marshals, Corkins stood quietly as Judge Kay read the charges against him and ordered him held without bond ahead of another hearing scheduled for August 24. Replying in a soft voice to Kay's question if he had adequate funds to pay for an attorney, Corkins told the judge that he did not,“I have about $300,” he said.
The judge then assigned him a public defender and also ordered a mental evaluation be done.
Law enforcement sources told LGBTQNation Thursday that the investigation is ongoing and further charges may be possible.
The FBI released this statement late Wednesday about the investigation:
“Today, officers from the Metropolitan Police Department and Special Agents from the FBI Washington Field Office responded to the scene of a shooting at 801 G Street NW, Washington D.C. Taken into custody was Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, of Herndon, Va. He is being held overnight on a charge of Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The investigation into the shooting is continuing. The FBI will make no further comment at this time.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president, who was traveling in Iowa Wednesday, was informed of the shooting shortly after 1 p.m.
"The president expressed his concern for the individual injured in the shooting and his strong belief that this type of violence has no place in our society," Carney said.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in a statement that he was appalled.
"There is no place for such violence in our society," he said. "My prayers go out to the wounded security guard and his family, as well as all the people at the Family Research Council whose sense of security has been shattered by today's horrific events."
Corkins reportedly volunteered with The DC Center for the LGBT Community. David Mariner, the executive director of the centre released a statement regarding Wednesday's shooting:
"I was shocked to hear that someone who has volunteered with the DC Center could be the cause of such a tragic act of violence. No matter the circumstances, we condemn such violence in the strongest terms possible. We hope for a full and speedy recovery for the victim and our thoughts are with him and his family."
Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy also issued the following statement:
"We don’t yet know the details of today’s shooting at the headquarters of the Family Research Council, but our thoughts and prayers are with the injured security guard and his colleagues at FRC. What we do know is that these all too frequent shootings must stop. Whatever our disagreements, be they substantive policy arguments, misguided bigotry, or petty misunderstandings, guns cannot be the answer. Rather than disrespecting people because they hold ideas with which we disagree and turning on them with violence, we must find our way back to civility. Otherwise, as a nation, we will lose our democracy and our moral compass."