James T. Hodgkinson. (Facebook)
(CNSNews.com) - James Hodgkinson, identified as the gunman who shot House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and four other people on Wednesday morning at a baseball field in Alexandria, Va., “liked” the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Facebook, prompting the liberal group to issue a statement condemning Hodgkinson’s actions.
On a related note, domestic terrorist Floyd Corkins, who shot up the conservative Family Research Council (FRC) in 2012, told the FBI that he learned about the group on the SPLC’s website, which has a “Hate Map” that labels the FRC as “Anti-LGBT.”
In its statement about Hodgkinson, 66, who died in hospital after being shot by the police, SPLC President Richard Cohen said, “We’re aware that the SPLC was among hundreds of groups that the man identified as the shooter ‘liked’ on Facebook. I want to be as clear as I can possibly be: The SPLC condemns all forms of violence. We have worked for decades to combat domestic terrorism and violence based on hate.”
Some of the groups "liked" on the Facebook page of James T. Hodgkinson. (Screenshot: Facebook)
The statement also said, “The attack on members of Congress and their staffs today was a sickening and cowardly act of terror that must be condemned by everyone across the political spectrum. Any violent attack on our political leadership is an attack on our democracy.”
Hodgkinson, who apparently volunteered for the Bernie Sanders for President campaign, liked several other liberal groups on Facebook, including Media Matters and MoveOn.org. His Facebook page was pulled hours after the shooting.
Floyd Corkins, now in prison, entered the FRC on Aug. 15, 2012 with a handgun, 50 rounds of ammunition, and 15 Chik-fil-a sandwiches.
He intended to shoot as many people as possible and smear a sandwich on their faces as a political statement.
At the reception desk, Corkins fired off several rounds and hit the security guard in the arm but the guard was able to subdue him. Corkins was arrested.
During an interrogation, an FBI agent said, "How did you ... this building, this organization. Did you, how did you find it earlier? Did you like look it up online?"
Police arrest Floyd Corkins, Aug. 15, 2012.
(Screenshot: ABC News)
Corkins said, "It was a, uh, Southern Poverty Law lists, uh, anti-gay groups. I found them online. I did a little bit of research, went to the website. Stuff like that."
Corkins was found guilty of several crimes, including domestic terrorism. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.