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Police Believe That Sikh Temple Shooting Was A Hate Crime
The man who shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb was an Army veteran who may have been a white supremacist, according to a law enforcement source involved in the investigation.
The name of the shooter, who himself was killed by police after wounding an officer, may be released as early as Monday morning, the source added.
Earlier, the FBI said that it had not determined a motive for the Sunday morning shooting and that investigators were looking into whether the attack might be classified as domestic terrorism.
Tom Ahern, a spokesman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said the gunman had a military background but would not elaborate. He also would not elaborate on the man’s tattoos.
Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, said those inside the gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, described the attacker as a bald white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants and with a 9/11 tattoo on one arm — which “implies to me that there’s some level of hate crime there.”
Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused with Muslims, and they have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
Both Mitt Romney and President Obama weighed on the tragedy expressed sadness and support the families of the victims.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the slayings “a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship.”
And from the White House, President Barack Obama said the United States had been “enriched” by Sikhs, “who are a part of our broader American family.”
“My administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation,” he said.
The police have not released the shooters name or picture yet, but check back with BOSSIP as more detail are revealed.
R.I.P. and a speedy recovery to those killed and injured.
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The suspect in the Sikh temple shooting who killed six in Wisconsin on Sunday has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page.
Authorities told CBS News this morning that Page — who was also killed in a shootout with cops — opened fire at a suburban Milwaukee temple, critically wounding three and killing six worshipers during Sunday services.
Page is reportedly a former U.S. Army soldier, once attached to the Fort Bragg Army installation in North Carolina, Fox News reported…
Page was the leader of a white supremacist band called End Apathy, and gave an interview to a music website declaring that he wanted to “end people’s apathetic ways” and that “I was holding myself back,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Page said he had been part of the white power movement since 2000.
“The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.”
What the hell did this fool think he was going to accomplish by killing these folks?? SMMFH
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