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Sikh temple shooting suspect identified

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People console each other at the command center near the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where yesterday a gunman fired upon people at service August, 6, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At least six people were killed when a shooter opened fire on congregants in the Milwaukee suburb. The shooter who was later shot dead by a police officer. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

 

OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Authorities were trying to determine a motive Monday for a bloody attack on a Sikh Temple outside Milwaukee while Sikhs across the U.S. struggled with new worries about their safety.

On Monday an official identified the shooter as Wade Michael Page, 40, an ex-Army soldier who was reduced in rank before his discharge. The FBI was leading the investigation into the shootings Sunday in Oak Creek, Wis., that left seven people dead, including the gunman, and three wounded.

The official, who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information yet about the suspect, said that Page entered the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998. He said the man was reduced in rank from sergeant to specialist, but he gave no reason.

On Monday police roadblocks were set up around the temple to keep people away as helicopters hovered overhead.

Satwant Kaleka, 65, founder and president of the temple, died in the shooting. He was among four priests who died.

"I feel a fire inside me," his son, Amardeep Kaleka, 34, said Monday morning. He said his mother, Satpal, hid in a closet during the attack.

Amardeep Kaleka said his father, who had three grandchildren, came to the U.S. in 1982 with $30 in his pocket. He said he was found with a knife two feet from his body, indicating he was fighting off the shooter.

"My dad has always been a protector," he said. "He was a hero yesterday."

Amardeep Kaleka said he believes from what the FBI has told him that the shooter was "potentially" part of a larger white supremacist group "yet to be named or understood."

(USA Today)

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