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Officials: Sikh temple shooter white supremacist


Officials: Sikh temple shooter white supremacist

Published - Aug 06 2012 09:33AM EST

DINESH RAMDE, Associated Press

A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. where a shooting took place on Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

(The Associated Press)

A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. where a shooting took place on Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — 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.

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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - August 6, 2012, 11:18 am
Thanks Tenaj.
I was looking for background on the shooter this morning and did not locate any in my search.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 6, 2012, 11:46 am
You welcome Jap69.
Comment by scorpio - August 6, 2012, 1:36 pm
probably had a rebel flag and a gun rack in his pickup like rdgrnr.
Comment by bobbya - August 6, 2012, 2:21 pm
The shooter listened to hate radio and Watched The FOX Propaganda Channel and was told over and over again that anyone different from him was to be despised and hated.
He mistook the Sikh's practicing their religion at their temple for Muslims and his brainwashing by the hatemongers didn't allow him to separate one from the other because he was told over and over and over again that he Must Hate the brown people who are responsible For All the Ills that exist in the world and that they wanted to kill him and his family.
He probably was a big fan of Ted Nugent and listened to hate radio 24/7.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 6, 2012, 2:42 pm
I think it was more than that bobbya. A lot of military veterans join hate groups. This is from the department of homeland security. Offical. I didn't know they made stuff like this public.
Rick GComment by Rick G - August 6, 2012, 6:37 pm
The Southern Poverty Law Center is one of the most insidious organizations in America. They are not Southern, they are not about Poverty and their sole purpose is to usurp the Law of the land (constitution). They work for the ones trying to destroy this country and it has nothing to do with left/right politics. Their motto should be 'we divide, you fight'.
TenajComment by Tenaj - August 6, 2012, 7:22 pm
I don't know much about them only what little bit I've read and it seems to be the opposite of what you say Rick. Are they covering up something.
sully16Comment by sully16 - August 6, 2012, 8:49 pm
Sad, very sad my thoughts and prayers to the families, these guys sound very scary hope they round them up and throw away the key.

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