The Accused Shooter In Wisconsin Identified As Previously Dicharged From Army For Disorderly Conduct
The accused shooter at the Wisconsin Sikh temple located in Oak Creek, Wisconsin has been identified as Wade Michael Page. In all, seven people, including the suspect, were dead and three others were critically wounded in what police have labeled an act of domestic terrorism by local police.
The FBI is also on the scene but has stopped short of calling it terrorism, instead describing it has a criminal matter for now while they continue to investigate what happened.
Page previously served in the Army from April 1992 to October 1998 as a psychological operations specialist and Hawk Missile System repairman and was discharged from the Army in 1998 for disorderly conduct after demoted from sergeant to specialist.
“We believe this is the only person” responsible for the shooting, said Oak Creek police chief John Edwards, although he could not say how the man traveled to the temple or whether his tattoos indicated he belonged to a hate group.
“We don't have any indication of anyone else there” at the scene, Edwards said, adding the shooter “hasn't been in the area that long.”
He said two victims remain in intensive care, one in grave condition and one in serious condition.
Sikh's have been the target of past religious hate crimes because they are often confused as being Muslim.