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Published On: Mon, Aug 6th, 2012

Sikh temple shooter identified as Wade Page, former Fort Bragg Army soldier

The man authorities say killed six in a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple before police shot him was a heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier named Wade Michael Page.

Aerial view of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin using wikimapia photo/Vaibhavgupta1989 via wikimedia commons

Sources identified the dead suspect, who was at one time attached to the Fort Bragg Army installation in North Carolina.

A Monday morning press conference is set and will likely reveal more details. The FBI is treating as an act of domestic terrorism in the temple, in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek.

Six people were killed and four wounded, including a police officer.

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. The details of his discharge were not immediately clear.

Satwant Kaleka, president of the temple, was one of those shot while trying to tackle the suspect.

“While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time,” Teresa Carlson, Special Agent in Charge with the agency’s Milwaukee division, said in a Sunday night statement.

 Sources told Fox News he attempted to tackle the suspect as he sprayed gunfire inside the temple.

Late Sunday, the investigation appeared to move beyond the temple as police, federal agents and the county sheriff’s bomb squad swarmed a neighborhood in nearby Cudahy. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Tom Ahern said warrants were being served at the home of the shooter.

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