Domestic terrorist, white supremacist, right wing nut, punk rocker, who didn’t see this one coming.
Wisconsin temple gunman was Army vet
Authorities say Wade Michael Page, 40, was former Army soldier
OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (CNN) –
An Army veteran who neighbors say played in a far right punk band was the lone shooter in the rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and wounded four, according to information Monday from law enforcement authorities.
Wade Michael Page, 40, was shot to death by police responding to the Sunday morning attack in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, the community’s chief of police told reporters.
It was the latest violence against the Sikh community in the United States in apparent misdirected revenge for the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The attacker shot people inside and outside the temple, including a police officer, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. Another police officer with a rifle then shot the gunman, who died at the scene.
According to Edwards, police have received information that the suspect “may have been involved in” the white supremacist movement, but he added it remains unconfirmed.
Two neighbors of Page identified him in photos that showed him playing in the far-right punk band “End Apathy,” and the nephew of the slain president of the Sikh temple said the attacker had a 9/11 tattoo on his arm.
Teresa Carlson, the FBI special agent in charge of the investigation of Sunday’s shooting, said no motive for the attack has been established. The FBI was looking into whether it was domestic terrorism, which is the use of violence for political or social gain, Carlson said.
“We are looking at ties to white supremacist groups,” Carlson told a news conference, adding there was no active investigation of Page prior to Sunday’s attack.
However, police made public the photo of a man who they would like to speak with in connection with the investigation. The man showed up at the crime scene on Sunday and then left before anyone knew who he was or why he was there, Edwards said.
Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused with Muslims, and they have been the targets of hate crimes since 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington
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