Suspected Shooter at Sikh Temple Linked to White Supremacists

Officials say Wade Michael Page had links with white supremacist groups.

Posted: 08/06/2012 03:15 PM EDT
Wade Michael Page

The man who killed six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin is said to have been part of a white supremacist band and is being described as a “frustrated neo-Nazi.”

 

Wade Michael Page, who was killed by local police outside of the temple, was described in a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the leader of a band, End Apathy, which participated in various white-supremacist concerts. The SPLC said that Page had been "in the thick of the white supremacist music scene'' and that they had been following him for about 10 years.

 

Page, 40, entered the temple carrying a 9mm handgun and multiple rounds of ammunition and opened fire without speaking to anyone, according to authorities.

 

Among the dead were one woman and five men, ranging in age from 39 to 84 years old. Two others are in critical condition in the hospital. The shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, drew strong words of sympathy and support toward the state’s community of Sikh worshippers.

 

“Oak Creek is a diverse city,” said the town’s mayor, Stephen Scaffidi. “The Sikh community is part of what makes our city strong. We’re doing everything we can to begin the healing process. “

 

President Obama said Sunday that he and First Lady Michelle Obama are "deeply saddened" by the killing in the suburb of Milwaukee. 

 

"At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded," Obama said Sunday. "As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family."

 

The Sikh Temple was established 1997 with 20-25 families in Milwaukee. It outgrew its space and and built the temple in Oak Creek in 2006 to help serve its congregation of 350-400 people.

 

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