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Gunman in Sikh Temple Attack Was White Supremacist

Sunday, August 05, 2012

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.

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards released details of the victims of the Sunday shooting and said the suspected gunman, Wade Michael Page, was a lone wolf who joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998.

The six killed in the fusillade ranged in age from 39- to 84-years old. Edwards said those killed included a 41-year-old woman and five men. The gunman was later killed by police.

Edwards said two other men wounded in the shootings remain hospitalized in critical condition.

Police officer Lt. Brian Murphy, 51, the first to arrive on the scene, was ambushed by the gunman and shot eight or nine times as he tended to a victim outside the temple, authorities said.

He also remains in critical condition.

Meanwhile, activist groups describe Page as 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 the 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 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."

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bocheball from nyc

The decline of the hateful white male. He won't go down without a fight. Why is it these guys often have shaved heads?

Aug. 06 2012 10:19 PM
Ari from nyc

Mark: Agreed!
If these "expert race theologists" had done their homework they would see Indians are Aryans.

Aug. 06 2012 02:15 PM
john from office

Mark, America is filled with people who forgot and don't know where they came from. I have a friend who is Italian American and hate immigration. Or hispanics who hate Mexicans, we are a confused, mixed up people.

Aug. 06 2012 11:30 AM
Mark

The ironic part is the Sikhs were probably closer to the original Aryans than the idiot shooter but then again if he was smart he wouldn't be a white supremacist in the first place...

Aug. 06 2012 11:23 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

Several issues come to mind:

1. That Americans are not well educated in various world religions, so they don't know the difference between Sikhs, Muslims, Druze, and a host of other members of unfamiliar groups. I know that we learned in 7th grade Social Studies about various religions, but I wonder if that is taught in schools now.

2. That we still have this gun control issue. The day before the Aurora shooting, there was a shooting in Tuscaloosa, AL, and subsequent to the Aurora shooting, there were several others, including at least two fathers who shot and killed their own children. This shooting at the gurudwara, sad as it is, is just one in a long line in a mere two-and-a-half week period. When will the NRA and the gun lobby realize that their right to bear arms is infringing on other peoples' right to live?

3. My heart goes out to the families of all the deceased victims and all the injured victims of all the shootings.

4. The families of the deceased victims should be in the forefront of the gun control lobby. Keep in mind that now that you know the heartbreak of our right to bear arms, maybe you will see the light and lead us on a path to peace.

Aug. 06 2012 10:43 AM
Melissa Chepuru from Westchester

Why didn't the host address the caller who brought up gun control as being at the heart of this and so many other tragedies in our culture?

Aug. 06 2012 10:21 AM
clive betters

perhaps i should not go here,because all life is sacred,but it makes me think of the way so much of america, sees latino/hispanics as one amorphous glob demographic of people. i wonder if that is similar, to this monster,thinking that sikhs may have been "other" than what he thought they were. or, in the deranged mind of this idiot,could it,would it, have made a difference anyway?

Aug. 06 2012 09:58 AM
john from office

This is a terrible event. The Sikhs are great "new" Americans with a very interesting history. I grew up in Queens with some of their children and was impressed with their work ethic. Puts Americans to shame.

Aug. 06 2012 09:47 AM
corben

is this just not,another white guy,that could not get laid ?

Aug. 06 2012 03:27 AM

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