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Wednesday
Aug082012

Wisconsin Temple Shooter's Ex-Girlfriend Arrested

Misty Cook seen here on far right. (Anti-Defamation League)(MILWAUKEE) -- Police say they have arrested the former girlfriend of the gunman who allegedly shot and killed six people in a Wisconsin Sikh temple over the weekend after authorities found a gun in the home they once shared.

Milwaukee police released a statement Tuesday after the arrest of Misty Cook, saying, "In a joint investigation with the FBI, the South Milwaukee Police Department has arrested Misty Cook on the crime of felon in possession of a firearm.  Charges will be sought through the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office."

A federal law enforcement official told ABC News that Cook, 31, was taken into custody on the grounds that she is prohibited from having a gun as a convicted felon.  Cook was charged in 2002 for fleeing and eluding a traffic officer.  There's no indication she was involved in last Sunday's attack.  

Much like her ex-boyfriend, Wade Michael Page, according to the Anti-Defamation League, Cook was involved in white supremacy.

Cook's relationship with Page fell apart in the weeks leading up to his alleged shooting spree at a Sikh temple.  Sharon and Terry Page -- who said they are unrelated to the alleged gunman -- live below Cook, who at one time shared an apartment with Wade Michael Page.

According to Sharon and Terry Page, Cook and Wade moved in to the apartment on March 1, but Wade moved out in the middle of June.  After that point, according to comments Cook made to Sharon, Wade virtually disappeared.

"She told us that for six weeks she hadn't heard anything of him," Sharon said.  "That would have been about the time after he left, so she must have gotten a hold of a co-worker and said he hadn't been at work for three weeks.  She said he kind of just dropped off the face of the earth."

Sharon and Terry Page said Cook and Wade were both quiet and "never really talked to us at all really."

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Wednesday
Aug082012

Candlelight Vigil Held for Victims of Wisconsin Temple Shooting

Darren Hauck/Getty Images(OAK CREEK, Wis.) -- As the sun set Tuesday in Oak Creek, Wis., thousands gathered in an outpouring of support for victims of the Sikh temple shooting last Sunday.

In a downtown park, attendees lit candles, flew orange Sikh flags, listened to Sikh music, joined in Sikh prayer and donned patkas, a common Sikh head covering.  Speakers described the victims' lives.  Onstage, a group formed a sign that read, "Practice Peace."

"It's still unreal.  Unbelievable.  Unfathomable," said Heather Owen, who attended the vigil with her two young children.  "This is where I grew up.  It's way too close to home."

But she expressed confidence that the town will rally in the face of tragedy.

"It's a tight-knit community and leaning on everybody's shoulders, that's what we do," she said.

Members of the Sikh community who were in attendance were highly emotional, but impressed by the warm display of support Tuesday evening.

"Right now to see the community getting together -- it is not only our Sikh community, even the community like Americans -- everybody getting together holding a candlelight vigil, which is really remarkable because this is the time we have to be together," said Inderjit Grewal.  "You know, show peace.  Show to the world that we are together."

Among the attendees were Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Herb Kohl and Rep. Paul Ryan, who represents this district of Wisconsin.

"It's just nice to see everybody coming over here.  It's profoundly sad and we're all grieving," Ryan said. "Everybody has their ways of showing support for the Sikh community.  The Sikhs have been a great part of our community for a long time and we just want to show them how much we love them and how much we're grieving for them."

The shooting last Sunday morning in Oak Creek -- just south of Milwaukee -- left seven dead, including the gunman, Wade Michael Page, who had ties to white supremacist groups.

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Monday
Aug062012

Wis. Temple Shooting Hero Cop Brian Murphy Shot 8 Times, Waved Off Aid

Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office(OAK CREEK, Wis.) -- A police officer shot at least eight times in the neck and extremities outside the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis, waved off fellow officers attempting to rescue him and indicated they should assist others still inside.

Lt. Brian Murphy, 51, was shot Sunday and is now recovering in the hospital after a second surgery, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. The 21-year veteran of the police force is expected to survive.

"[Murphy] received eight or nine gunshot wounds, to extremities and also to the cheek area and the neck," Edwards said. "He was in very close proximity to the shooter. When he arrived, he came upon someone who was injured, and he was going to assist that individual when the shooter came around him, close to his squad, and hit him at a close distance."

The officer was wearing a bullet proof vest, Edwards said.

After gunman Wade Page was shot and killed by other officers, they moved to rescue Murphy. But when they located him, Murphy indicated that rather than help him they should enter the temple to assist any other victims.

"He had been shot nine times -- one of them very serious in the neck area -- and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple to assist those in there," Edwards said.

Murphy was the first police officer to respond to the scene when 911 calls began pouring into the police department around 10:25 a.m. after the gunman, Army veteran Wade Michael Page, opened fire at the Sikh religious center just south of Milwaukee.

Murphy, who Edwards said was a member of Oak Creek police department's tactical team for years, was the first officer to encounter Page when he arrived at the scene.

Officers arriving on the scene just after Murphy heard the exchange of gunfire, but were not aware that an officer had been shot, Edwards said. The officers soon observed Page walking through the parking lot and began to give him commands to drop his weapon and put his hands up. Page responded with gunfire, spraying two police vehicles with bullets. At that point one of the officers on the scene shot and killed him.

When Murphy didn't answer his call, his colleagues realized he had been hurt and searched for him.

Murphy underwent surgery at Froedtert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee region, along with two other injured victims. All three of the victims remained in critical condition as of Monday, according to a representative from Froedtert Hospital.

Murphy was born in Brooklyn but moved to the Midwest to be closer to his wife's family, his father James Murphy told ABC News. He has a daughter who currently lives in South Korea and two stepchildren from his second wife.

In the wake of the shooting New York-based Sikhs for Justice has pledged $10,000 award to Murphy.

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Monday
Aug062012

Officials Believe 'Skinhead' Behind Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

Scott Olson/Getty Images(OAK CREEK, Wis.) -- Seven people were shot and killed Sunday morning at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in what officials are treating as a case of domestic terrorism.

ABC News confirmed on Monday that the alleged gunman is Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran who served from April 1992 through October 1998.

While police have not given any details on the motive of the shooter, sources have told ABC News the shootings are the work of a "white supremacist" or "skinhead."

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent Thomas Ahern said Page had tattoos that suggested he had ties to white supremacists.

"It is being investigated.  And what his tattoos signified is being investigated.  They are all pieces of a possible puzzle to learn what was his motive in carrying out such a horrific act," Ahern said.

Sunday evening, the FBI and a bomb squad arrived at a home in Cudahy, Wis., near Oak Creek, and ABC News' Milwaukee affiliate WISN-TV reported the action appeared to be related to the temple shootings earlier in the day.

Authorities also were trying to trace a single, semiautomatic handgun recovered at the scene, sources told ABC News.

In addition to the seven confirmed dead, three people -- two adult male civilians and a male police officer -- were in critical condition and were being treated at a local hospital, said officials at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin.  None of the victims have been identified.

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The apparent gunman was shot and killed in an exchange of gunfire with the wounded police officer outside the temple and was one of the seven dead.

"The officer stopped a tragic event that could've been a lot worse," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards told reporters.

Four people were found dead inside the temple and two others were found dead outside the building.  Edwards said authorities were treating the event as a domestic terrorism incident and the FBI would be conducting a full investigation.

"The FBI is working closely with the Oak Creek Police Department and other local and federal agencies to investigate today's shooting incident," FBI Milwaukee Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said in a written statement.  "This remains an active investigation in its early stages.  While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time.  We know our community has been deeply impacted by this incident, and our thoughts are with those affected and particularly with the officer who was wounded in the line of duty to protect others."

President Obama was told about the shooting around 1 p.m. Sunday and released a statement later in the afternoon.

"At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded," Obama said.  "My administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation.

"As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family," he added.

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Sunday
Aug052012

BREAKING: Mass Shooting at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

ABC News(OAK CREEK, WI) -- Seven people have been confirmed dead, including the shooter, in a mass shooting that occurred at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., just outside Milwaukee.

At least four people have been reported injured. Hospitals in the area were told to be ready for up to 20 shooting victims, according to police radio reports.

Some members of the temple are still inside the temple and are hiding, believing that a gunman may still be inside the building,according to ABC News affiliate WISN.

 

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According to local reports, a gunman walked into the church and opened fire around 10:34 a.m., shortly before a prayer service was scheduled to begin.

Among those shot was the president of the temple, accoding to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was taken to a local hospital.

One police officer, a 20-year veteran, was shot multiple times and is in surgery.

The Journal Sentinel said a SWAT team entered the temple after the shooting and evacuated the uninjured members.

According to information broadcast over police radio, a witness to the shooting told law enforcement the shooter was a white male, bald, with a heavy build. He was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt, according to Oak Creek Patch. He was last seen with two handguns.

A spokeswoman for Froedert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee area, said that two men were taken there and the hospital was ready to receive more.

There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police moved media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple.

Amardeep Kaleka, a member of the temple, told WISN his father was inside during the shooting and his mother was hiding inside, believing the gunman was still inside. Kaleka said that a priest called for emergency help after the shooting.

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