A Westboro Baptist supporter protesting across the street from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, outside Washington, on March 1, 2011. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
(WXIA) -- Followers of Westboro Baptist Church, known for their hate-filled protests and rants, tweeted out messages supporting the accused shooter in Sunday's Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin.
Westboro leader Fred Phelps said the shooting was punishment from God for the treatment his group received when they were in Wisconsin.
Minutes after the shooting, Westboro follower Margie Phelps tweeted "God sent another shooter?"
Not long afterward, Phelps himself tweeted, "Beautiful work of an angry God who told Wisconsin to keep their filthy hands off his people (WBC)! #godsenttheshooter!"
Phelps and his followers had previously threatened to extend their hate-filled pickets to the vicitms of last month's theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., saying that theater shooter James Holmes had been sent by God.
Last week, Congress passed a law preventing pickets at military funerals two hours before or after a service, and that requires demonstrators to remain at least 300 feet away from grieving family members. President Obama is set to sign the measure into law Monday afternoon at the White House.
Authorities said a 40-year-old ex-solder, Wade Page, was the man responsible for the massacre. Six people were shot and killed at the Temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., just outside of Milwaukee, Sunday.
Page was shot and killed at the scene by police.