Sikh temple shooting suspect: White supremacist Army veteran
(AP) – More details are emerging about yesterday’s deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Authorities say 40-year-old Army veteran Wade Michael Page walked into the suburban Milwaukee temple without saying a word and opened fire with a 9mm handgun that was purchased legally. They say he killed a woman and five men before being shot dead in an exchange of gunfire with a police officer.
The police chief says that officer was shot eight to nine times at close range. He’s in critical condition. Two other people were critically wounded. The dead ranged in age from 39 to 84.
The FBI says it has no reason to believe anyone other than Page was involved.
A civil rights group describes Page as a “frustrated neo-Nazi.” The Southern Poverty Law Center says he used to play in heavy-metal, white-power bands called Definite Hate and End Apathy.
A defense official says Page served in the Army from 1992 to 1998, working as a repairman for the Hawk missile system before becoming a psychological operations specialist. The defense official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information.