Wade Michael Page described as neo-Nazi following mass murder at Wisconsin Sikh temple
The Southern Poverty Law Center has revealed that the alleged killer of five men and one woman at a suburban Milwaukee gurdwara was "the leader of a racist white-power band".
Wade Michael Page formed a group called End Apathy in 2005, according to the SPLC, which tracks hate groups.
He has left three other victims in critical condition in hospital, including a police officer who was shot eight or nine times at close range, according to local police chief John Edwards.
The SPLC cited an interview Page conducted in 2010, in which he said that he left his Colorado home in 2000 on a motorcycle. That's when he began attending white-power concerts across parts of the United States.
In the interview, Page claimed to have played in several groups, including Youngland, Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force, and Blue Eyed Devils. Page also said that he recruited members of the bands Definite Hate and 13 Knots to join him in End Apathy.
"In 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center has found that Page also attempted to purchase goods from the neo-Nazi National Alliance, then America's most important hate group," the organization reported.
U.S. media are reporting that Page, 40, was also a decorated soldier who never worked overseas. He won five army-achievement medals and two good-conduct medals.
The FBI's director of the Milwaukee division, Teresa Carlson, told the media yesterday that the mass murder is being investigated as a "possible domestic terrorism case".
The shooting spree at the Wisconson gurdwara came just three months after another U.S. white supremacist, Jason Todd Ready, killed three adults and a child before shooting himself in a Phoenix suburb. Arizona police linked this mass killing to a domestic dispute.
According to a The Daily Beast article, Ready created a Facebook post in advance of his attack to try to have the killings blamed on narcoterrorists.