The gunman who killed six Sikh worshippers in a Milwaukee-area temple Sunday ended his bloody rampage with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, authorities said at a Wednesday morning press conference.
Wade Michael Page, 40, turned his 9mm semi-automatic handgun on himself after being shot in the stomach by a police officer who responded to the scene in Oak Creek, Wis. Page was a white supremacist and leader of a band that spewed hateful lyrics, but no clear motive for Sunday’s assault has emerged. Witnesses say the life of Page, who was drummed out of the Army in 1999 for drinking and later lost a job for being drunk, spiraled after a recent breakup with his live-in girlfriend.
Teresa Carlson, a special agent in charge of the FBI in Milwaukee, said Page shot himself after he was shot by a responding police office at the scene. Carlson called the body shot “potentially fatal.”
Carlson said there is no surveillence video from inside the temple because cameras were not turned on. But she said investigators have reviewed other surveillance tape and conducted searches of Page’s home, a storage locker he owned and his last place of employment.
Page’s bloody spree claimed Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65; Prakash Singh, 39; Paramjit Kaur, 41; and Suveg Singh, 84 as victims. Four more were injured, including 51-year-old veteran police Lt. Brian Murphy. Authorities said Murphy is recovering and now able to walk.
Carlson said authorities have not evidence to suggest there was anyone else involved in the shooting other than page and called the investigation ongoing. Police did arrest Page’s ex-girlfriend, Misty Cook, Tuesday night on a weapons charge. Cook, 31, a nursing student and reported white supremacist, was found in possession of a gun during a search of her home following the shooting. As a convicted felon, she is not allowed to possess a firearm, according to authorities.