The shooting at a suburban Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday that left seven dead, including the gunman, and three in critical condition hits close to home for victims of the Aurora shooting that took place just over two weeks ago.
Now, some victims of the Aurora shooting are reaching out via social media to Wisconsin victims and urging others in the community to help during this difficult time that Aurora victims understand all too well.
Cody Hickman, a man who was inside theater eight at the Century 16 movie theater complex on the night of the Aurora shooting, wrote this heartfelt message on Sunday on the Aurora Theater Shooting Facebook page:
Friends, my name is Cody Hickman, and I was in theater 8 during the Aurora theater shooting. I am writing this post as a call to action for all of you. All you will be asked to do is repost this message, and help us network some support.
For those who do not yet know, there was a shooting today at a Wisconsin Sikh temple. Lives have been lost, and many have been injured. In the wake of the Aurora Theater Shooting, we all now know what our neighbors in Wisconsin are about the go through. They will need support, and resources. The volunteers who run this page, as well as the Survivors of the Aurora Theater Shooting page are here to help in that effort. We would like to use our experience with this page to help those in Wisconsin, in whatever way we can.
However, in order for us to do this, we need to reach them via social media. This is where all of you can help. This page has over 10,000 people as an audience, and many of you repost this message, it will hopefully reach our neighbors in Wisconsin. We can help them get the support they need. We can help them streamline their resources. We can help, and so can you. Simply repost this, or direct anybody who may be in that area to this page.
This is a tragedy that many of us now know all too well. There is now a community who will need the same kind of love and support that you have all shown us, for again, I am a survivor of the Aurora shooting, and I am getting better everyday as a result of this effort. So, PLEASE, help us in this. They will need all the help they can get at a time like this.
Fox31 reports that mental health experts are concerned that survivors of the Aurora shooting could find themselves reliving the July 20 tragedy as more video and news develops from Sunday's horrifying massacre in Oak Creek over the weekend.
Wade Michael Page, the 40-year-old former U.S. Army veteran who has been identified as the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooter, may have had white-supremacist ties and a connection to Colorado, however his motive remains unclear.
According to a 2010 interview with Page about his band End Apathy on Label56.com -- which the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified as being a white supremacist website -- Page says he was "originally from Colorado" but in 2000 he left his home state on his motorcycle. There was no discussion of violence in the interview.
Page's own claims of being from Colorado originally back up a 9News report that found a man named Wade Michael Page was convicted of a DUI in Denver in 1999 and then given a ticket for driving without a valid license that same year in Littleton.
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