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Officials: Sikh temple shooter white supremacist

August 6, 2012


— A 40-year-old Army veteran, identified by a civil rights group as the one-time leader of a white supremacist band, was the gunman who killed six people inside a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, officials said Monday.

First Assistant U.S. Greg Haanstad in Milwaukee identified the shooter as Wade Michael Page. Page joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998, according to a defense official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information yet about the suspect.

Officials and witnesses said the gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and opened fire as several dozen people prepared for Sunday services. When the shooting finally ended, seven people lay dead, including Page, who was shot to death by police. Three others were critically wounded in what police called an act of domestic terrorism.

Page was a "frustrated neo-Nazi" who led a racist white supremacist band, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Monday. Page told a white supremacist website in an interview in 2010 that he had been part of the white-power music scene since 2000 when he left his native Colorado and started the band, End Apathy, in 2005, the nonprofit civil rights organization said.

He told the website his "inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole," according to the SPLC. He did not mention violence in the website interview.

Page joined the military in Milwaukee in 1992 and was a repairman for the Hawk missile system before switching jobs to become one of the Army's psychological operations specialists, according to the defense official.

So-called "Psy-Ops" specialists are responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect; they research and analyze methods of influencing foreign populations.

Fort Bragg, N.C., was among the bases where Page served.

Joseph Rackley of Nashville, N.C. told the AP on Monday that Page lived with his son for about six months last year in a house on Rackley's three acres of property. Wade was bald and had tattoos all over his arms, Rackley said, but he doesn't remember what they depicted. He said he wasn't aware of any ties Page may have had to white supremacists.

"I'm not a nosy kind of guy," Rackley said. "When he stayed with my son, I don't even know if Wade played music. But my son plays alternative music and periodically I'd have to call them because I could hear more than I wanted to hear."

Associated Press writers Gretchen Ehlke and Scott Bauer in Milwaukee; Patrick Condon in Minneapolis; Sophia Tareen and Michelle Janaye Nealy in Chicago; Larry Neumeister in New York and Pauline Jelinek in Washington contributed to this report.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure you have some of the music this guy recorded, Gotland-- care to give us a review? DId you ever get to see any of his live performances?

oldbaldguy 5 years, 8 months ago

this guy recieved a dishonorable conduct discharge for misbehavior. he was a Nazi, check Southern Proverty Center website. We may be at the point where you wil have to post your own security at large gatherings.

Liberty275 5 years, 8 months ago

I wonder if the assailant hated Sikhs or was just too dumb to tell them from some other superstition.

dogsandcats 5 years, 8 months ago

I might be dreaming, but I swear I saw a Law and Order episode about this guy. Well, you know, with names changed and all similarities to actual events are not intended.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 8 months ago

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

yourworstnightmare 5 years, 8 months ago

Keep talking, Gotland. I guess you haven't debased and embarrassed yourself enough yet on this topic.

Joe Hyde 5 years, 8 months ago

Page missed the memo that details how a worldwide sampling of mitochondrial DNA establishes that all humans descended from African ancestry, and that the only reason we have non-black people is because a series of evolutionary modifications occured to early human populations that migrated to more northern regions of the globe. A northern climate (sunlight not so intense) favored the lightening of skin, to enable production of vitamins critical to health.

Every human today has unbreakable blood ties to Africa. Works for me; it's great to be alive.

Paul R Getto 5 years, 8 months ago

I agree. Let's all cheer for African Eve, the big-brained mother of us all. Shanti.

Claire Williams 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually, it hasn't been ruled ANYTHING. The FBI is in charge of the investigation because this bozo lived in multiple states, making it easier for them to handle the investigation than local authorities. While their Domestic Terrorism division is leading the case, they've stated that they have not ruled it was Domestic Terrorism, just that it made the most sense for that particular division to handle the case because of their experience and resources for this type of crime.

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