August 8th, 2012
09:07 PM ET

Insider's view of the temple shooter Wade Page: "He felt whites were on the verge of extinction"

The gunman from the Sikh temple tragedy died of a self-inflicted wound, according to the FBI. Wade Michael Page, 40, shot himself in the head after a police officer shot him in the stomach at the scene of the crime.

Page’s ex-girlfriend, Misty Cook, was arrested Sunday on a weapons charge. However, authorities say there is no link to the shooting.

“This is a guy who moved around a lot,” said Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge for the FBI in Milwaukee. “We are zeroing in on any possible motives, but right now, we don't have one.”

Even Page’s neighbors were “stunned” with his violent rampage, according to Pete Simi co-author of the New York Time’s article “The Sound of Hate.”

Yet this extremist hate culture claims an “estimated 50,000 adherents nationwide, far more than most people realize,” Simi writes. The white power movement is thriving, but not in ways we would typically think- making it sometimes difficult to tell who is involved in a hate group.

OutFront tonight: Criminologist, Pete Simi.FBI: Wisconsin temple gunman died from self-inflicted wound 

The gunman in the Wisconsin Sikh temple tragedy died from a self-inflicted wound to the head and not from a shot by a responding officer, the FBI said Wednesday.

Police previously said Wade Michael Page died after being shot by the officer. That shot in the stomach was potentially fatal, but Page died from the self-inflicted wound, said Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge for the FBI in Milwaukee.

Carlson revealed few other details about the investigation of Sunday's shooting in a suburban Milwaukee gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship. Six people were killed.

She said that no clear motive has been established and that Misty Cook, Page's former girlfriend who was arrested Sunday on an unrelated weapons charge, is probably not linked to the shooting.


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