PHOTOS: REUTERS, JOURNAL SENTINEL
The man accused of killing six people in a shooting people at a Sikh place of worship in suburban Milwaukee has been identified as an Army veteran with ties to racist and white supremacist organizations.
Three people remain hospitalized in critical condition after Sunday's tragedy in Oak Creek. Dozens of worshipers were at the temple when the gunman began his rampage, which some authorities are describing a "domestic terrorist incident."
The gunman has been identified as Wade Michael Page, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinell. Page is described as a "skinhead" with links to the extremist Stormfront website.
The Southern Poverty Law Center reported Monday that Page was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band known as End Apathy. Heidi Beirich, director of the center's intelligence project, said her group had been tracking Page since 2000, when he tried to purchase goods from the National Alliance, a well-known hate group.
Also on Monday, a volunteer human-rights group called Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) found links between Page, his band and a white supremacist website called Stormfront. Jeffrey Imm, who heads R.E.A.L., said in an interview Monday that someone based in Milwaukee using the name "End Apathy" began posting on the website in February 2008. Additionally, appearances by Page's band were promoted on the Stormfront site, including a white supremacist gathering in March 2012 in Richmond, Va.
Page served in the military from 1992 to 1998 as "psychological operations specialist and "missile repairman", according to Reuters. "In June 1998 he was disciplined for being drunk on duty and had his rank reduced to specialist from sergeant. He was not eligible to re-enlist."
The Wisconsin shooting came barely two weeks after 12 people were killed and almost 60 injured in a mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. That happened during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises.
Sikhism is reportedly the fifth largest religion in the world and boasts approximately 500,000 observers. The sect originated in the Punjab area of Southwest Asia. There has been a marked increase in violence and hate crimes against Sikhs since September 11th, 2001, as many Sikh men have been mistaken for Muslim during the growing wave of anti-Muslim sentiment.