Sikh Temple Shooter ID’s as 40 Year Old Wade Michael Page That Left 7 Dead Including the Gunman … Called Domestic Terrorism
The gunman responsible for yesterday’s Sikh Temple mass murder shooting has been identified as 40 year old Wade Michael Page. According to police, The attack is treated as “a domestic terrorist-type incident”. However, while the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time.”
In an attack that the police said they were treating as “a domestic terrorist-type incident,” the gunman stalked through the temple around 10:30 a.m. Congregants ran for shelter and barricaded themselves in bathrooms and prayer halls, where they made desperate phone calls and sent anguished texts pleading for help as confusion and fear took hold. Witnesses described a scene of chaos and carnage.
Would this be considered terrorism or a hate crime? As reported at ABC News, the shootings are the work of a “white supremacist” or “skinhead.” So if the shooter, who was killed by police officers, was a skinhead or white supremacist, isn’t that the definition of a hate crime and not terrorism?
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Special Agent Thomas Ahern said the suspect had tattoos and that authorities were investigating whether he was a “skin head or “white supremacist” as two ABC Sources said.
“It is being investigated. And what his tattoos signified is being investigated. They are all pieces of a possible puzzle to learn what was his motive in carrying out such a horrific act,” Ahern said.
Mass Shooting at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin (VIDEO) (Update: 4 Shot, Suspect Still at Large … Shooter Has Been Put Down) (UPDATE: 7 People Killed Including Gunman)
ABC News is reporting that there has been a mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI.As per information that was broadcast over police radio, a witness to the shooting told law enforcement the shooter was a white male, bald, with a heavy build. He was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt. It has not been confirmed whether there are more than one gunman. The shooting took place at a Sikh Temple, located at Sikh Temple, on 7512 S. Howell Ave., in Oak Creek, WI.
God Bless the victims of yet another senseless act of violence.
A mass shooting has occurred at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., this morning.
At least four people have been reported injured in the mass shooting and no suspect has been identified.
The incident reportedly occurred around 10:45 a.m. at the temple, just outside of Milwaukee.
UPDATE I: The shooting happened at about 10:40 a.m. local time, according to WTMJ. There are reports that multiple people have been shot and that many people are still inside the Temple hiding. The local police and FBI are on location at the crime scene.
Pictures from Chopper 4 showed at least four people who were shot, though Oak Creek Police did not confirm those reports.
One witness told Newsradio 620 WTMJ’s Dan O’Donnell that at least two, possible four gunmen were hiding inside the temple.
Oak Creek Police did not confirm that they have a shooter in custody.
The shootings happened at about 10:30 a.m. at the Sikh Temple, on the 7500 block of South Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.
UPDATE II: JS Online -At Least 4 shot, victims reported taken out of temple.
At least four people were shot just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.
Victims were being taken out of the temple.
Among those who were shot was the president of the temple.
People were in the temple as early as 6:30 a.m. Sunday and many more were arriving for a service that was to begin about 11:30 a.m.
There were reports that children were taken to the building’s basement after shots were fired.
Someone who sent a text message to a Journal Sentinel reporter shortly before noon said that there were two shooters with children possibly as hostages.
And the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cell phone and that there were as many as 20 to 30 victims.
UPDATE III: Gunman may have hostages inside the Temple. It was reported that people inside the Temple via cell phones that woman and children were hiding inside of closets inside the Temple.
UPDATE IV: FOX News reported that one shooter has been put down. A local police officer encountered the shooter and the police officer was shot by the Temple shooter. The police officer is expected to survive from gun shot wounds. Return fire from the police officer put down the shooter. CNN is reporting that the gunman is dead.
A shooting at Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin, on Sunday, left at least three people wounded and one gunman killed by a police officer, authorities said.
The officer was wounded but “returned fire, and that shooter was put down,” said Bradley Wentlandt, the police chief in nearby Greenfield, who briefed reporters. Wentlandt called it “an ongoing and very fluid situation.”
UPDATE V: 7 people Dead, including gunman.
Four people have been killed inside the Temple, 3 others have been killed outside the temple including the gun man.
At least seven people were killed, including one shooter, just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, police said.
Four of the dead were inside the temple at 7512 S. Howell Ave. and three of the dead, including a shooter, were outside on the temple’s parking lot.
UPDATE VI: Description of the shooting at the Sikh Temple.