Wisconsin Shooter Identified [UPDATED]
CBS News reports that the Wisconsin shooter has been identified. No photo has yet been released [SEE UPDATE BELOW] and web detectives are already scouring social media sites for his profiles.
The suspect in a shooting that left six people dead at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday has been identified as Wade Michael Page, who served in the U.S. Army for about six years. According to sources in the U.S. Army, Page enlisted in April 1992 and given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He served at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the psychological operations unit in 1994, and was last stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, attached to the psychological operations unit.Right wing sites are falling over themselves in fear that a link between the shooter and themselves will be found. After the shooter was identified as former military and a possible white supremacist, Michelle Malkin's Twitchy site deleted a post denouncing "leftists" for linking the shooter to conservatives. Over at Free Republic, a 650+ comments thread variously blamed the shooting on a liberal "false flag" conspiracy and a federal plot to discredit the white race.
The details of his discharge were not immediately clear. Wade was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers after the rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. Officials had previously described the suspect as a heavy-set, 40-year-old Caucasian with numerous tattoos. Sources tell CBS News some unspecified evidence suggests race or ethnicity may have played a role in the violence, but no links to extremist groups have been confirmed.
UPDATE: The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified Page as a member of the white supremacist band End Apathy.
A MySpace page for Page's band is still online.
The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band. In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said. Later, he added, “The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.” He did not discuss violence in the interview.
UPDATE: Here's a horrible track by Page.