Yesterday, tragic news came out of Oak Creek, Wisconsin as a gunman killed six innocent people at a Sikh Temple before being shot by police officers.
Today, the identy of the gunman has been revealed as Wade Michael Page, 40, who lived just five miles from the temple. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has reported Wade as a member of the neo-Nazi band called End Apathy based out of Northern Carolina. He told an interviewer recently that he has been part of the White Power scene since 2000.
The SPLC also reports,
In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said.
And according to CBS,
Authorities confirmed to CBS News on Monday that Page was the suspect in the shooting. He was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers after the rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help.
Multiple sources tell CBS News that Page was a former member of the U.S. military, but he was no longer serving actively. It was not immediately clear under what circumstances Page left the military.
Officials had previously described the suspect as a heavy-set, 40-year-old Caucasian with numerous tattoos.
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