Sikh temple shooter died of self-inflicted wound
Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted wound to the head, after being shot by police, following the shooting massacre at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Preliminary police reports filed after the Sunday morning shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, suggested that Page was killed by police officers in a standoff, after he had fired on congregants with a 9mm pistol, shortly before Sunday services, killing six people.
, FBI agents revealed at a press conference that they believe Page died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
FBI special agent in charge in Milwaukee, Teresa Carlson, added that the FBI have yet to find a specific cause to explain why Page, a 40-year-old military vet, went on the rampage at the Sikh temple.
Carlson told the press, "We have not identified anyone else responsible for the shooting and we have not identified a motive."
"This is a guy who moved around a lot," Carlson said. "We are zeroing in on any possible motives, but right now, we don't have one."
reported on August 6, that Page had been identified as a white supremacist, who played in a couple of white power bands.
She further said that a police officer, responding to reports of a shooting at the temple in Oak Creek, shot Page in the stomach, “neutralizing the subject," and that Page then shot himself in the head and died.
Referring to the shot made by the police officer, she said, "I've seen the video. It's an amazing shot."
The Milwaukee Country medical examiner's office released autopsy reports of the victims on Wednesday, but excluded that of Page. The Los Angeles Times
noted that the Milwaukee PD had "placed a non-disclosure on the report" and that Page's family "has made arrangements for the final disposition of Page's remains."
Page's former girlfriend, Misty Cook, was arrested on Tuesday for illegal possession of a fire arm, after authorities questioned her on her relationship with the suspected shooter at her home. However, they do not believe she had a role in the shooting incident.
In an exclusive email to the Los Angeles Times
, Cook said that she wanted the "heroes" of the tragedy to be the focus of attention - not her.
On Wednesday morning she told The Times, "I have given no official statement."
She referred to Satwant Singh (Kaleka), president of the Oak Creek temple, who reportedly confronted gunman Page with a butter knife, to keep him away from his wife and other temple followers. Cook said, "For my part, I hope the majority of focus will be on celebrating the lives of the heroes in this situation. I find the good work that Satwant Singh [Kaleka] did for his people and his heroic last act are far more newsworthy than anything I could say."
Another hero in the shooting incident was Lt. Brian Murphy, who was shot multiple times while trying to assist the victims. Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said, "He had been shot nine times - one of them very serious in the neck area - and he waved them [rescuers] off and told them to go into the temple to assist those."
Three victims that were taken to hospital after the shooting remain in a critical condition.