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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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Tuesday
Aug072012

Temple Gunman's Ex-Stepmom: 'I Wish I Had Some Answers'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The ex-stepmother of the man who killed six people in a Sikh temple shooting in Wisconsin Sunday said she doesn't know what happened to Wade Michael Page that made him turn a semi-automatic handgun on unarmed worshippers. Still, Laura Page questioned what impact his military service may have had.

"The last time I saw Wade was at Christmas time and he was very happy with the military at that point," Page told ABC News, referring to Christmas 2001, a few years after he left the service.  "Now I greatly question that direction.  I don't know if the military was good for him.  I don't know.  I wish I had some answers.  And we're not going to have answers because he's dead."

Wade Michael Page was killed after he opened fire on police officers shortly after the Sunday massacre.  He had served six years in the U.S. Army in the 1990s, including a stint in psychological operations, before being discharged and deemed "ineligible for re-enlistment."

Laura Page said she hadn't been in contact with Wade for a long time but the boy she remembers was a "lovely, gentle child."

"I can't imagine what could have gone through his mind for him to do something like this, or anyone to do something like this," she said.  "You can't be functioning normally obviously.  But we'll never know why."

Civil rights groups had tracked Page for more than a decade as he moved through skinhead circles, most prominently as the lead of a white power rock group called End Apathy.

Heidi Beirich, who tracks extremist music groups for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said that Page was one of many people the SPLC was keeping tabs on in the sprawling underground skinhead rock scene.

"You never know with a particular individual," she told ABC News.  "[But] this is a world of violence."

Page appears to have moved to the Milwaukee area this year, where neighbors said he was not very friendly.

"Very standoffish.  He didn't communicate at all," neighbor David Brown said.  "On a one to 10 scale, I would say about 1.5.  He's not real friendly."

Page reportedly bought the nine millimeter handgun legally just week before the fatal shooting.

His immediate family issued a text to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel saying they were "devastated by the horrific events."

"While there can be no words of comfort that will make sense of what happened that day, please be aware that our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families.  We share in their grief," the statement said.

For all his efforts to be part of the neo-Nazi world, some of the most prominent websites of the white power movement condemned the attack and labeled Page as crazy and a coward.

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Monday
Aug062012

Wisconsin Temple Shooting: Alleged Gunman Identified as Army Vet

Oak Creek Police Handout(OAK CREEK, Wis.) -- Former soldier Wade Michael Page was identified today as the lone gunman who killed six people at a Sikh religious center in Oak Creek, Wis.

Page was described by authorities Monday as an Army veteran who left the service with a general discharge following a "pattern of misconduct," including being AWOL and drunk while on duty. The terms of his discharge would not allow him to reenlist.

Officials said they believe Page alone was responsible for Sunday's shooting.

Page, 40, served in the Army from April 1992 through October 1998, during which he was demoted from sergeant to specialist.

While in the Army Wade served in Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina. Wade's job was as a Hawk missile system repairman, and he then became a psychological operations specialist, a defense official confirmed to ABC news.

The ex-soldier is believed to be the gunman who opened fire on people at the Sikh temple around 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning and killed six people. The victims ranged in age from 39 to 84.

He also ambushed police Lt. Brian Murphy, shooting him eight or nine times, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. Murphy is expected to survive. Two other gunshot victims are in critical condition, police said.

Page was shot dead by police when he was ordered to drop his weapon and began firing at them instead.

Police have not given any details on the motive of the shooter, but Teresa Carlson, the FBI's special agent in charge, said today, "We are looking at ties to white supremacist groups."

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

Page fronted a white supremacist rock band called End Apathy, according to watchdog group the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC also determined that in 2000, Page attempted to purchase goods from the neo-Nazi group the National Alliance, described as America's then "most important hate group."

In 2010, Page gave an interview to white-power website Label 56. Page wrote songs with titles like "Self Destruct" and "Usefull [sic] Idiots."

"The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole," Page told Label 56.

The ATF today said Page legally purchased the 9mm handgun with multiple ammunition magazines, he used during the rampage. The weapon bought at The Shooters Shop in West Allis, Wis., sources told ABC News.

Carlson and other officials said investigators had no "reason to believe" Page was planning Sunday's attack.

"We didn't have an active investigation into him prior to yesterday," she told reporters today.

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

"The officer stopped a tragic event that could've been a lot worse," 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.

Individuals attending Sunday services at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee, fled in all directions when a gunman entered and began firing. Many hid in bathrooms or other rooms within the temple while the shooter attacked, according to police.

On Sundays, Sikh temples, called gurudwaras, serve a community meal at which anyone is welcome as part of their community service. The meal, known as a langar, follows the morning services.

The Sikh religion originated in the Punjab region of India.

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