OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Law enforcement sources identified the suspect accused of opening fire at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday morning as a former Fort Bragg soldier.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wade Michael Page, 40, is being identified as the man accused of shooting six people and wounding three others before being killed by a police officer.
Page was once attached to Fort Bragg and worked in Psychological Operations. He was reduced in rank before being discharged in 1998, but there's no word on why.
This investigation has now been taken over by the FBI and is being treated as domestic terrorism. The Oak Creek police chief said the FBI is better equipped to handle such a case.
This all took place Sunday morning around 10:30 a.m. as people were gathering for a service at this Sikh temple just outside of Milwaukee.
Officials said the suspected gunman, a white man in his 40s, shot and killed six people, before he died in a shootout with an officer responding to the scene.
Another officer, one of the first to arrive at the scene, was said to have been ambushed by the suspect, and was shot several times. But, he has undergone surgery and is expected to be okay.
Late Sunday, authorities in Wisconsin evacuated homes in a Milwaukee suburb northeast of the temple where this shooting occurred.
Members of Charlotte's only Sikh temple said they're in shock following this incident and can't understand why someone would do this.
They said they think the victims were targeted for the wrong reasons and think their appearance was mistaken for them being fundamentalists or connected to the Taliban.
"We believe in peace and harmony, and I think it's an opportunity for us to convey that to everybody else around," said And, I think yes, the way it affects our institution is that it makes us recognize that we have to work a lot harder to educate people about our religion."
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