‘Leo the hero’ remembers

September 19, 2013

Leo Johnson was shot in the arm when an intruder opened fire at the conservative-leaning think tank. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

It was an act of courage that has taken on new resonance after Monday’s killings at the Navy Yard: Thirteen months ago, unarmed security guard Leo Johnson stopped an armed gunman bent on shooting up the Family Research Council headquarters downtown. Ahead of Thursday’s sentencing for shooter Floyd Lee Corkins II, Johnson discussed the attack with the Post’s Ann Marimow – how he charged Corkins, knocked him to the ground and wrested the gun away, then briefly considered pulling the trigger: “I was enraged. I was going to shoot him. I was going to kill him,” Johnson recalled. He didn’t, and surgeries and physical therapy and a medal of honor followed. Now he will be in federal court for Corkins’ sentencing: “I want to look in his eyes. I want to see if there is any remorse.”

In Navy Yard news:

“We’ve moved on, apparently” (Post)

In praise of the federal worker (Feheery Theory)

Gray calls for stronger federal gun control, says D.C. can’t be protected from Virginia’s lax gun laws (PostWAMU-FM)

Navy Yard Relief Fund established by Community Foundation (Post)

Capitol Police tactical team says it was first to Navy Yard scene but was waved off by supervisor (PostBBCWJLA-TV)

Navy Yard security officers say staffing is short (WUSA-TV)

WHC medical chief on how to end the killing: “I believe it’s a combination of how we view guns, how they’re available in our society, what we do with mental health, what we do with those people who find themselves on the fringes of society” (Post column)

In other news:

On Barry censure, “we would have hoped someone running for mayor — Mr. Evans — would not be so tone-deaf to principles of good government” (Post editorial)

KIPP, Two Rivers win leases for shuttered DCPS schools (Post)

Does Gray’s union snub on LRAA portend a one-term mayoralty? (Loose Lips)

“Attendees also expressed belief of an orchestrated attempt by the big businesses that operate charter schools to push out DCPS’s low-income families to nearby Prince George’s County in order to accommodate families moving into previously poverty-ridden areas in Northeast and Southeast” (Informer)

You realize the Silver Line just means more crowded Metro stations downtown (City Desk)

CVS will promote health insurance exchange in its 59 D.C. stores (WBJ)

D.C. United rep says D.C. United stadium will be great for D.C. (HuffPo)

White House shooter pleads guilty, faces 27 years in prison (Post)

Metro map designer details all the changes in store (City Desk)

Doesn’t appear that federal board will block installation of Pennsylvania Avenue “zebras” (GGW)

On “the battle over cars and where to put them” (Blade)

David Grosso wants to make it illegal to shackle a D.C. jail inmate giving birth (HuffPo)

Judge orders Washington Hospital Center to disclose documents to nurses (WBJ)

A second Politics & Prose, in Georgetown? (WashingtonianCapital Business)

“Walmart should not be rewarded for choosing to build in Northwest and then conveniently using LRAA as an excuse not to build stores in the communities where they are needed most” (Blade)

Sequestration means less money for affordable housing programs, too (Housing Complex)

Testify at nine Zoning Commission hearings if you can stomach it (GGW)

Celeb chef hosts Tommy Wells fundraiser (Facebook)

New Mendo web site, featuring “The Mendelson Post” (ChairmanMendelson.com)

Turns out UN “brown shirts” aren’t actually training in Columbia Heights (New Columbia Heights)

The only guide to H Street Fest you’ll need (GOG)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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