FBI: Sikh temple gunman killed himself

4:27 PM, Aug 8, 2012   |    comments
Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting suspect Wade Michael Page
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by Natalie DiBlasio and Marisol Bello
USA Today

Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page killed himself with a bullet to the head, the FBI said at a press conference Wednesday.

An officer who rushed to the temple shot Page in the stomach, but that was not the shot that killed him, FBI Milwaukee special agent Teresa Carlson said. She said she could not say whether the officer's shot would have been fatal.

"I've seen the video," Carlson said. "It's an amazing shot."

Page shot himself after the police officer fired his gun, she said.

Page, 40, an Army veteran, killed six people in a rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek on Sunday. He fired on them with a 9mm pistol shortly before Sunday services. Among the dead was temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a knife.

Authorities are no closer to a motive for the shooting, Carlson said. The FBI did not have an open investigation of Page before Sunday's incident, she said.

Page had been active in white supremacist groups and performed in white-power bands in their underground music scene.

Carlson said FBI agents are examining a very large crime scene that includes the parking lot and the 16,000-square-foot temple. So far, they have retrieved 139 items from the parking lot alone, she says.

As of 8 a.m., the FBI had 101 leads worldwide, had conducted 100 interviews and had issued 180 grand jury subpoenas, she said.

The FBI has searched Page's e-mail accounts and telephone records and searched his car, home and a storage unit, she said.

Video cameras inside the temple were not on at the time of the shooting, but there is squad-car video of the scene. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said the video, which he did not describe, will be released. But he did not say when.

All three injured from the Sikh temple shooting remain in critical condition at the Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

Lt. Brian Murphy, a 20-year police veteran, who was ambushed and shot eight or nine times in the neck and extremities, was walking at the hospital, Edwards said. He had been wearing a bullet-proof vest.

Edwards said a fund for him has been set up.

The second victim in critical condition is Santokh Singh, 50, who was shot once in the abdomen. The bullet traveled through his stomach, diaphragm and chest.

The family of a third victim declined to release information.

Carlson said police in South Milwaukee arrested Page's ex-girlfriend, Misty Cook, on Tuesday on an unrelated weapons charge. Cook cannot legally possess a gun because she has a previous felony conviction, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The paper reported that court records showed she was convicted in 2005 of fleeing and eluding police in Milwaukee County. She was sentenced to 18 months' probation and served 97 days in jail.

Carlson said authorities do not believe she was linked to the attack on the Sikh temple. Cook was arrested on the weapons violation after investigators interviewed her and saw the gun. Cook has been cooperative and has been released, Carlson said.

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