FBI Interviews DC LGBT Center Head In Connection With Shooting At Family Research Council

Suspect in shooting had volunteered at the DC LGBT community center, group’s head says. He added that all volunteers go through a background check.

The FBI has interviewed the head of D.C.’s center for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community because a volunteer at the center is suspected in today’s shooting of a security guard at the Family Research Council, a religious conservative organization also based in D.C.

The suspect in today’s shooting, Floyd Corkins II of Virginia, had been volunteering on some weekends at the front desk of The Center, D.C.’s LGBT community center, the center’s executive director, David Mariner told BuzzFeed.

“The FBI was just here, and we are cooperating with them fully,” Mariner said. “We are shocked and appalled that this happened, and I cannot even imagine —”

He added, “All of our volunteers, they register online, they go through a background check, and then they go through a training.”

Mariner also provided a statement that the center is releasing to the media that states, “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.”

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