Wade Michael Page – the man who killed six at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday – killed himself after a police officer shot him in the stomach, the FBI said today.
The second officer to arrive at the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin disabled Page, who then shot himself in the head, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“I’ve seen the video. It is an amazing shot (by the officer) and thank goodness,” FBI agent Teresa Carlson said at a news conference, according to the WSJ.
Police also arrested Page’s girlfriend, Misty M. Cook, for an unrelated weapons offense.
When authorities brought the 31-year-old Cook in for questioning, they noticed she was carrying a gun.
The FBI said her arrest isn’t connected to Page’s shooting spree.
After interviewing 100 people and sifting through hundreds of tips, police are adamant Page acted alone, The Associated Press said.
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They are attempting to understand what drove Page to his murderous acts.
“This is a guy who moved around a lot,” Carlson said, CNN reported. “We are zeroing in one any possible motives, but right now, we don't have one.”
The US Army discharged Page, 40, in 1998 after he went AWOL and got drunk on duty.
After that, he moved to Wisconsin, and held a few jobs. He was a member of the white supremacist music scene.
Page used a 9 mm pistol at the temple, shooting a police officer eight times before the second officer shot him.
“We just want to get to the bottom of what motivated him to do it,” Amardeep Singh, a member of the New York-based Sikh Coalition, told the AP. “It’s important to acknowledge why they lost their lives.”
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