Sikh Temple Shooter Identified, Had Ties to White-Supremacist Movement

Wade Michael Page, who police say shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, was involved in the white-power movement, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center

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A police K-9 unit, left, and a robot, center, take their places outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., where a shooting took place Aug. 5

Wade Michael Page, who officials say opened fire on worshippers at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug. 5, was a neo-Nazi and a member of a white-supremacist punk band, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Page allegedly killed six people before being shot to death by police.

The 40-year-old veteran had been the leader of the band End Apathy, according to the watchdog organization’s blog Hatewatch. Mark Potok, senior fellow for the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, posted that the former Army specialist told the white-supremacist website Label 56 in an interview that he started the band in 2005 because he wanted to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways.”

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Wade Michael Page

FBI handout via AP

He told the website he became part of the white-power music scene in 2000 when he left his home state of Colorado and attended various hate-inspired concerts throughout the country, joining several other racist bands. According to the SPLC, he also attempted to purchase goods from the neo-Nazi National Alliance, one of the nation’s largest white-supremacist organizations. There was no discussion of violence in his interview.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) special agent Thomas Ahearn told ABC News that Page had tattoos that may link him to hate groups. The ATF also said that the gun used in the shooting was purchased legally.

Police in Oak Creek had no contact with Page prior to Sunday’s shooting. But records show that Page served a 60-day jail term in 1994 for criminal mischief in Texas and a 60-day term for DUI in Colorado.

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Police say Page went to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Oak Creek at about 10:30 a.m. and opened fire on worshippers, killing six. A policeman who had just arrived on the scene caught Page ambushing an officer who was helping a victim and shot Page dead. Three others, including the first officer, were wounded.

FBI officials said at a news conference that weapons had been found at the scene. No motive for the shooting has been released, and little is currently known about the gunman except that he served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1998 and was a member of the psychological-operations unit and won several commendations, an Army spokesperson told Yahoo News. However, he was demoted from sergeant to specialist while serving, ABC News reported.

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Good and Godless
Good and Godless

Artificially justifing the legitimacy of any religion by tolerance is clearly a flaw. 

It is unfair this avenue for social treason was not clearly and fully excluded when the 1st Amendment was drafted. It is time to correct that flaw left by our founding fathers and end constraints imposed by myth and superstition.

Change the constitution remove any rights of religion, as it is demonstrated time and time again that churches cannot be trusted with good policy and respect of rule of law.

The burden on society is alarming.TAX THE CHURCH! 

Soon after the IRS, FDA and Consumer Protection will reign reason down upon the church and those that cannot hold up to scrutiny (all of them) will have to shut down.

Nations tried religious tolerance for a couple hundred years - and religion abused the relationship crippling politics, education and abusing the tax system.

No more "live and let live" time to amend the constitution and close down these dens of fraud and deceit.

Freedom forever, religion never.

Lets try National Atheism for 200 years and see how much more we can accomplish without being impeded by Myth and Superstition.

Antiehypocrite
Antiehypocrite

Why do these morons not go after the real villains - the ones on Wall Street?

Michael Mc Carthy
Michael Mc Carthy

Yet another shooting that involves a "white" man so these will not get labelled as terrorism. When will America wake up to the danger within that far exceeds the danger from out.

brenro
brenro

Sounds like a model Republican.

dougt
dougt

was he member of the racist extremist group known as "The Tea Party"?

chimps
chimps

Why Sikhs? Peaceful people.  

I guess this guy didn't have a chance to read about them while he was burning books..

cglassfull
cglassfull

“Just do this first before bringing any thought and judgement in mind............

Close your eyes and replace your father with the father who died yesterday trying to confront gunman yesterday. 

Put your husband or lover with the one who died shielding her girlfriend in aurora. 

Place a candle in front of your son and daughter's photo replacing 10 year old boy from temple and the girl who died in movie theatre. 

No one can feel sorrow and grief of the people who lost their father,son,daughters. Their loss and emptiness will continue for years to come unlike our concern which will last maximum. for a week.

I don't have any more words...

Please replace GUNS with BOOKS.....

Why don't we just distribute gun to every household in US and everywhere in world and tell them you will be more safe now on.

I felt embarrassing and sorry for all everyone...who knows one day someone is writing about me got killed in some random mass shooting event...”

cglassfull
cglassfull

“Just do this first before bringing any thought and judgement in mind............

Close your eyes and replace your father with the father who died yesterday trying to confront gunman yesterday. 

Put your husband or lover with the one who died shielding her girlfriend in aurora. 

Place a candle in front of your son and daughter's photo replacing 10 year old boy from temple and the girl who died in movie theatre. 

No one can feel sorrow and grief of the people who lost their father,son,daughters. Their loss and emptiness will continue for years to come unlike our concern which will last maximum. for a week.

I don't have any more words...

Please replace GUNS with BOOKS.....

Why don't we just distribute gun to every household in US and everywhere in world and tell them you will be more safe now on.

I felt embarrassing and sorry for all everyone...who knows one day someone is writing about me got killed in some random mass shooting event...”

happydayfortennis
happydayfortennis

The tragic part is there are still many more people who think like this, even if they aren't willing to go to these lengths. Even in the comments section, I once had an awkward conversation with April Gaede, who SPLC says forced her daughters into a neo-Nazi singing career. The fact that there's a "white-power singing scene" is extremely disturbing. 

Here's some classic white nationalist pop for those who want to feel disgusted for the rest of the day (notice how almost all of the comments are just beautiful interpretations of digital swastikas): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Phoenix31756
Phoenix31756

And we have here another IDIOT who commits an act of STUPIDITY for that illogical 15mins of FAME and GLORY !   

Andrew Kamadulski
Andrew Kamadulski

How could this be? He served in the military. Aren't we told constantly how anyone who dons a military uniform is a "Hero"?

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 I hope this dude know that Sikhs are predominantly pretty Aryan and, effectively, people speak of common Hindo-European culture?

 I mean, literally, for a white supremacist to confuse Sikhs with Muslims is a fail of epic proportions. I think they actually used to be pretty hostile towards each other.

Jardin J
Jardin J

He saw brown people and the women covering their hair which meant "terrorists" in his mind. 

If we'd asked, he probably would have stated that Iraq attacked us in 9/11, and we found weapons of mass destruction in the middle east.

These people are just angry and want someone who looks different from them to blame things on.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

and you are saying that white supremacist are smart?

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

Now it is dawning on me that that the shooter knew VERY CLEARLY THAT HE WAS SHOOTING SIKHS. HE KNEW THE PEOPLE WHOM HE WAS SLAUGHTERING WERE NOT MUSLIMS>

He simply wanted to kill NON WHITE, NON CHRISTIANS>

An ex-US army commando knows how to read/google.

A bigot, is not necessarily a idiot. He/she is simply evil.

Leftcoastrocky
Leftcoastrocky

how do you know that he knew that?

Disquskurr
Disquskurr

because the shooter was from a reputed regiment and had impressive commendations...do you think he did not google the Temple before launching his cowardly attack? Do you think he did not read the words : SIKH TEMPLE ?

For a white supremacist anyone not fitting the narrow sprectum, is worth killing... do visit some hate sites, and see their their reaction to the Temple shootings.

Jfante1452
Jfante1452

Whether he knew it or not is besides the point. Supremacists simply hate anyone who is non-white/christian. What is the difference between that extreme view and lack of tolerance from extreme Muslims who hate non-Muslims?

Eva F. Stever
Eva F. Stever

I mean, literally, for a white supremacist to confuse Sikhs with Muslims is a fail of epic proportions. I think they actually used to be pretty hostile towards each other. http://ChanceReach4Million.blo...

chimps
chimps

What is with the spam you attach to your comment?  Show some respect!

max_cady
max_cady

 white supremacists don't care about skin color, they are against everyone, unless they think like them.

diegueno
diegueno

The #WI #TempleShooter a white supremacist: that makes him different from other #RWNJ, can't blame @FoxNews:twitter for it at all....

Can't expect a white supremacist to know the difference between the Sikh religion and Islam, either: a discerning bigot is an oxymoron.