The man suspected of killing at least six people yesterday at a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple has been unofficially identified as Wade Michael Page. The shooter was killed by police.Here’s everything we know about Page:
- Page is described as a “heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier.” neighbours told Fox News that he had a 9-11 tattoo.
- Sources told CBS News he was a 6-foot-tall bald white man who “seemed like he had a purpose and knew where he was going.” NBC reports that he was said to be “wearing some sort of tactical-type pants but no bulletproof vest or protective gear.”
- In 1994, Page was arrested for causing criminal damage to property between $20 and $200, according to BuzzFeed, which examined Texas court records. The crime, to which Page pleaded guilty, was a class B misdemeanour, BuzzFeed reported.
- Page was given a general discharge from the Army in 1998 after six years of service after serving from April 1992 through October 1998 as a sergeant and later a specialist, working as a Hawk missile system repairman before becoming a psychological operations (PSYOP) specialist.
- He was stationed at Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina while originally being from Colorado. He was discharged from the Army for “patterns of misconduct,” Reuters reported.
- Page was never stationed overseas and in 1998 he was disciplined for being drunk on duty. That disciplinary action resulted in his rank being reduced from sergeant to specialist, according to Reuters. Page was not eligible to re-enlist, sources told Reuters.
- The Southern Poverty Law centre, a group that has studied hate crimes for decades, reports that Page was “a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.” They have a picture but we have not confirmed it. Here is End Apathy’s MySpace page.
- Authorities told Reuters the suspect used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the shooting. The gun was recovered at the scene. Police are currently tracking the origin of the gun.
- Law enforcement officials told CNN that Page legally owned the gun that was used in the temple shooting.
- Page moved to Milwaukee earlier this year, according to the Journal Sentinel, and hadn’t lived at his apartment for very long before the shooting. neighbours told CBS News he only lived there for about two weeks. “Nobody has really seen him,” neighbour Alma Rayes told CBS News. “We heard here and there that they’ve been doing a lot of arguing, between him and another female, but I haven’t seen him.”
- The property Page rented was owned by Kurt L. Weins. Weins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he believed his tenant was from Chicago and did not have a record of violence in Wisconsin.”I had him checked out and he definitely checked out,” Weins told the Journal Sentinel. We attempted to contact Weins but his phone number is apparently no longer in service.
- Before his move to Milwaukee, Page lived in Littleton, Colo., from 2000 to 2007, 9News reported. A man bearing the same name was reportedly convicted of DUI in 1999 in Denver. Page was also ticketed for driving without a valid licence in 1999, according to 9News.
- We previously reported that prior to the shooting Page had broken up with his girlfriend. A woman claiming to be the suspect’s neighbour told Fox News that last week she heard yelling coming from one of the apartments the FBI searched after the shooting. “She says he had returned to the old apartment and was banging on the door of his old apartment, demanding to be let in,” Fox News reported.
- Police spent the night searching the suspect’s apartment. At one point, the police, ATF, and FBI were at the apartment in the 3700 block of Holmes Avenue in Cudahy, Wisc., which is about six miles from the temple. Currently no information has been released about what may have been found during the search. But, according to the Journal Sentinel, authorities left the property around midnight “carrying large items.”
- Wade’s motive has not yet been identified. Sources told CBS News no links to extremist groups have been identified.
FBI Milwaukee Special Agent Teresa Carlson announced today that law enforcement is searching for a “person of interest.”
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