CRIME
08/06/2012 08:46 am ET | Updated Aug 06, 2012

Wade Michael Page Identified As Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect (LIVE UPDATES)

The suspect in the Sikh temple shooting who killed six in Wisconsin on Sunday has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page.

Authorities told CBS News this morning that Page -- who was also killed in a shootout with cops -- opened fire at a suburban Milwaukee temple, critically wounding three and killing six worshipers during Sunday services.

Page is reportedly a former U.S. Army soldier, once attached to the Fort Bragg Army installation in North Carolina, Fox News reported.

Police and the FBI haven't revealed a possible motive in the Sunday morning rampage that shocked Oak Creek.

A man claiming to be Page's landlord told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said that he was white and single. The duplex Page rented from Kurt Weins was searched by police on Sunday.

An agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms told ABC News that the shooter had tattoos. The station also cited unnamed sources who alleged that the shooter was possibly a "skin head" or "white supremacist."

Photos from the scene (story continues below):

Wisconsin Shooting

Four people were shot dead inside the large temple where members were gathering for mediation at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Three, including Page, were killed outside.

UPDATE: Page was the leader of a white supremacist band called End Apathy, and gave an interview to a music website declaring that he wanted to "end people's apathetic ways" and that "I was holding myself back," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Page said he had been part of the white power movement since 2000.

"The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole," he said in the interview with Label 56.

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08/07/2012 6:16 AM EDT

Gun Used In Wisconsin Shooting Popular In Mass Attacks

Wisconsin shooter Wade Michael Page used a Springfield 9mm semiautomatic handgun to carry out the attack at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Reuters reported. According to gun experts, the semiautomatic handgun is the same type used in other recent U.S. mass shootings, including one at a theater in Colorado and the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona.

Full story here.

08/07/2012 12:36 AM EDT

Lawmaker Urges FBI To Count Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has for months been advocating that the FBI collect data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans. Sunday's tragedy in Wisconsin, in which six people were killed at a Sikh temple, underscores his push.

"This is not the first time that Sikhs have been attacked," Crowley, whose New York City district includes parts of Queens and the Bronx, told The Huffington Post in an interview on Monday. "Unfortunately it's been growing consistently, on an ongoing basis. That's what my concern has been."

Full story here.

08/06/2012 8:44 PM EDT

Feds 'Looked At' Gunman On Multiple Occasions Prior To Shooting

Wade Michael Page was the subject of federal attention more than once prior to Sunday's deadly shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Federal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 7:03 PM EDT

Obama: America Needs "Soul Searching" On Gun Violence

Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings like the weekend shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were happening with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans on ways to reduce gun violence.

"All of us are heart-broken by what happened," Obama told reporters at the White House a day after a gunman opened fire on Sikh worshippers preparing for religious services, killing six before he was shot dead by a police officer.

Asked whether he would push for more gun-control measures in the wake of the shootings, Obama said he wanted to bring together leaders at all levels of American society to examine ways to curb gun violence.

That echoed his pledge last month in a speech in New Orleans to work broadly to "arrive at a consensus" on the contentious issue after a deadly Colorado shooting spree highlighted the issue in an election year. But like his earlier comments, Obama offered no timetable or specifics for such discussions.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 6:24 PM EDT

Band Spotlights Skinhead Hate Music

Via HuffPost Entertainment:

The connections between mass media and mass murder are often tenuous -- commentators were reluctant, for example, to indict the "Dark Knight" movie trilogy for the horrific shootings at Aurora, Colo., three weeks ago.

But it's harder to dismiss the revelation that Wade Michael Page, the man shot to death by police after a shooting spree that killed six worshipers in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, belonged to a hardcore skinhead band called End Apathy.

Why? Because according to TJ Lindley, who was an active skinhead for 15 years before defecting and writing a book about his experiences, bands like End Apathy often have direct connections with the white supremacy movement.

"If you're in a white supremacy band, you are extremely active. You do not get involved in a band and doing stuff like that unless you are completely 100-percent dedicated to the movement," Lindley said.

Read more here.

08/06/2012 6:20 PM EDT

Shooting Suspect's White Power Past

Alleged Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page joined a skinhead group in 2011 and played in bands with violent lyrics. The Daily Beast's Eliza Shapiro explains why he’s been on the Anti-Defamation League’s radar.

08/06/2012 6:09 PM EDT

A Final Act Of Heroism

Oak Creek (Wis.) Patch reports:

Satwant Singh Kaleka’s final action at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was one of heroism.

When Wade Michael Page, the suspected gunman in Sunday’s tragic shooting, opened fire, the 65-year-old temple president rushed to stop him — possibly preventing more deaths.

“He was trying his best to give time for people to get to security,” said his son, Amardeep Kaleka, during a news conference at the Salvation Army in Oak Creek Monday.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 5:50 PM EDT

How You Can Help

Funds are starting to be set up for victims and families affected by Sunday's tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Head over to HuffPost Impact for a roundup of ways you can help.

08/06/2012 5:38 PM EDT

Obama Orders Flags At Half Staff In Wisconsin

Via HuffPost Politics:

President Barack Obama ordered flags at all U.S. government facilities both at home and abroad to be flown at half-staff Monday, a response to a mass-shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the weekend.

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 10, 2012," Obama wrote in the proclamation.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 5:18 PM EDT

Former Army Psychiatrist Addresses Whether Suspect May Have Had PTSD

Dr. Harry Croft, a former Army psychiatrist who has evaluated more than 7,000 PTSD patients, delivered an emailed statement to The Huffington Post on this possibility:

"People need to be cautious and not jump to conclusions that this was another soldier suffering from PTSD or another mental condition. It’s quite possible his military background played no part in this, because it would appear that if he served from 92-98, he would have not been deployed in Desert Storm, Iraq or Afghanistan - and it’s extremely unlikely for a veteran suffering PTSD or other mental condition would commit such a heinous act."

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