PHOTOS – Sikh Temple Shooter Identified as Army Veteran Wade Michael Page …Update: Was Dishonorably Discharged
He had recently broken up with his girlfriend.
Wade Michael Page, member of the band “End Apathy” has been identified as the Wisconsin Sikh Temple gunman. Photo Credit: MySpace . (Global Grind)
His landlord’s mother told Greendale Patch that Page had recently broken up with his girlfriend.
The gunman who murdered six people at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin was identified as Wade Michael Page.
It is still unclear what his motivation was for the shooting at the temple.
The gunman who opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., and killed six people has been identified as Army veteran Wade Michael Page.
Page, 40, opened fire outside the temple before entering around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning and killed six people. He served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998.
Page was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with a police officer who sustained “eight or nine” gunshot wounds, authorities confirmed. Officials are treating it as a case of domestic terrorism.
Though police have not given any details on the motive of the shooter, but Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Special Agent Thomas Ahern said Page had tattoos that suggested he had ties to white supremacists.
“It is being investigated. And what his tattoos signified is being investigated. They are all pieces of a possible puzzle to learn what was his motive in carrying out such a horrific act,” Ahern said.
While in the Army Wade served as a sergeant, and later as a specialist based in Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Wade’s job was as a Hawk missile system repairman, and he then became a psychological operations specialist, defense official confirmed to ABC news.
On Sunday the FBI and a bomb squad arrived at a home in Cudahy, Wis., near Oak Creek, and ABC News Milwaukee affiliate WISN reported the action appeared to be related to the temple shootings earlier in the day.
There were some reports that the shooter had a 9/11 tattoo on his arm, leading many to speculate he was a white supremacist. Police later said they were treating the incident as “domestic terrorism.”
In a previous intervew Page told Southern Poverty Law Center he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado. At various times, he said, he also played in the hate rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. End Apathy, he said, included “Brent” on bass and “Ozzie” on drums; the men were former members of Definite Hate and another band, 13 Knots.
Page singing with Nazi flag in background. (Buzzfeed)
Update: Law enforcement officials had been tracking Page for a decade. But, there was not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges.