Yesterday morning a single shooter entered a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and opened fire. He managed to kill six and wound a police tactical officer helping injured survivors before being engaged by a second tactical officer, who killed the shooter.
This morning, we’ve found out a little more about the shooter.
Though police have not given any details on the identity or motive of the shooter, or released the identities of the victims, sources have told ABC News the shootings are the work of a “white supremacist” or “skinhead.”
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms Special Agent Thomas Ahern said the suspect had tattoos and that authorities were investigating whether he was a “skin head or “white supremacist” as two ABC Sources said.
“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.
Further down in the article, ABC claims “biographical details” about the shooter also led to the hate crime designation, which I interpret as a police record or federal domestic terrorism watch list designation.
ABC also claims that the shooter was armed with one weapon, a pistol.
My condolences go out to the Sikh community, one of the most accepting if not the most accepting religions on earth.
Update: Shooter named as Wade Michael Page, a former soldier once stationed at Fort Bragg.