FBI wraps up investigation into Sikh Temple shooting
OAK CREEK — The Milwaukee Division of the FBI announced on Tuesday, November 20th that it has wrapped up its investigation into the mass shooting that took place at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek on Sunday, August 5th.
The FBI briefed the victims and family members of the deceased on the results of the investigation on Friday, November 16th at the FBI offices in downtown Milwaukee.
The FBI investigation indicates Wade Page acted alone when he killed six and wounded four others. No evidence was uncovered to conclude this attack was directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group.
During the shooting at the temple, Page exchanged gun fire with two Oak Creek police officers — seriously wounding one before being shot by another officer. Page then turned his weapon on himself. There is also no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community.
A source close to the investigation told FOX6 News Page had a girlfriend of Native American descent before he came to Wisconsin and linked up with the white supremacist group “The Hammerskins.” The group looked down on his relationship, so he ended it and got a new girlfriend.
Before the shooting, Page was seeing Misty Cook, who eventually broke up with Page.
Then, Page began scouting the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
On August 4th, Page turned in his Hammerskins badge and shirt and got rid of his computer. Just days earlier, Page reportedly visited the Sikh Temple at least once.
“He came earlier and had some conversations with a congregation member who explained to him that what are the Sikhs, our beliefs and how we preach — that kind of stuff. Even one of the congregation members offered him to come in and have some sort of snack. This happened Thursday. Some say they saw him Saturday also,” Sikh Temple member Dr. Harcharan Gill said.
Members of the Sikh Temple may never know exactly why Page chose the Sikhs and the temple as his target.
During the course of its investigation, the FBI generated 200 investigative leads; conducted 300 interviews and collected more than 200 pieces of evidence.
Thirty agencies responded to the incident including 27 local, one state, and two federal agencies.
Special Agent-in-Charge Teresa Carlson said in a statement released to the media: “We join the Sikh community in grieving the loss of their loved ones. We continue to work with temple leaders and all of our law enforcement partners in an effort to keep the community safe.”
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