Wisconsin Gurdwara Massacre: the gunman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

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us-gurdwara-shootoutAug 9, Milwaukee: The Federal Buerau of Investigation (FBI) has revealed who killed six people at a gurdwara in Wisconsin died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he was shot by police.

Wade Michael Page, 40, a former US soldier and a member of a neo-Nazi punk band, was initially said to have been killed by a police officer who challenged him as he went on shooting spree at the gurdwara in Oak Creek.

A police officer shot and wounded the gunman, Wade Page, 40, in the stomach outside the temple in Oak Creek on Sunday, said Teresa Carlson, an FBI special agent in charge.

“Subsequent to that wound, it appears that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head,” she told a news conference.

Police had said Page had been shot to death by an officer responding to the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee.

Carlson said she had seen a video of the police officer wounding Page with a squad rifle. “It’s an amazing shot, and thank goodness,” she said.

Federal authorities have said they are treating the attack as a possible act of domestic terrorism. Page, an Army veteran, was a musician who played in white power punk-metal bands. He was armed with a 9mm handgun during the attack.

Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims in the United States. The Sikh faith was founded in the Punjab area of India and Pakistan and has an estimated 500,000 or more adherents in the United States.

President Barack Obama called Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to express his condolences over the temple shooting.

Carlson said investigators had not found any motive for the attack, which also wounded four people, including a police officer shot eight or nine times after responding to a 911 call.

The wounded officer, Lieutenant Brian Murphy, is up and walking, Carlson said.

Investigators have conducted more than 100 interviews with Page’s relatives, employers and associates, Carlson said. They are also following 101 leads worldwide and have issued 180 federal grand jury subpoenas.

Police have arrested Page’s former girlfriend, Misty Cook, on a weapons charge. Carlson said the arrest took place at Cook’s Milwaukee home late on Sunday and was unrelated to the shooting investigation.

The 40-year-old army veteran strode into the temple shortly before Sunday services and opened fire with a 9mm pistol.

The dead included temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a butter knife. Page wounded a responding police officer in the car park before another officer shot Page.

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