Gunman kills six at Sikh temple in Wisconsin
The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot to death by police was identified Monday as a 40-year-old Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band.
Authorities said Wade Michael Page strode into the temple without saying a word and opened fire using a 9mm handgun and multiple magazines of ammunition.
Monday night, members of the Sikh community in the D.C. area came together to remember those who died and pray for those who survived.
Sikh worshiper Sehej Caur said "Yesterday shattered the peace and the serenity that the gurudwara holds for all of us."
Witnesses said the gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and opened fire as several dozen people prepared for Sunday services. When the shooting ended, six victims ranging in age from 39 to 84 years old lay dead, as well as Page. Three others were critically wounded.
Page joined the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998, according to a defense official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not yet authorized to release the information.
Page was a "frustrated neo-Nazi" who led a racist white supremacist band, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Monday.
"We are not new to this. Sikhs have been persecuted for centuries," Parvinder Sodhi, a Sikh worshiper in Rockville, said at Monday's D.C. prayer service. "That's not going to deter our faith...we are going to welcome everybody, and we will continue to do that."
"We are making posters that say things like, 'End hate. We are Oak Creek...," added Caur.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., said Page had been on the white-power music scene for more than a decade, playing in bands known as Definite Hate and End Apathy.
"The name of the band seems to reflect what he went out and actually did," Potok said.
"There is a whole underworld of white supremacists music that is rarely seen or heard by the public," Potok said, describing lyrics that talk about carrying out genocide against Jews and other minorities, he said.
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