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Gurdwara gunman was a white supremacist

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 12:15

Zeenews Bureau

Wisconsin, USA: Sieving through the life of Wade M Page, who shot dead six worshippers at a Gurdwara in suburban Milwaukee, investigators have found clear signals of him being a white supremacist and was active in white supremacist heavy metal bands.

The bald, heavily tattooed bassist was a 40-year-old US Army veteran. He was a rock singer in bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy that specialized in the lyrics of hate.

Page, who was shot to death by police, joined the Army in 1992, where he got trained in psychological warfare before he was demoted and discharged more than a decade ago.

It is not yet clear what made Page enter the Gurdwara and kill people in cold blood. Eyewitnesses said he opened fire without saying a word.

His motive still remains a mystery. So far, no hate-filled manifesto has emerged, nor any angry blog or ranting Facebook entries to explain the attack.

Described as a "frustrated neo-Nazi", Page had long been active in the obscure underworld of white supremacist music.

Page wrote frequently on white supremacist websites, describing himself as a member of the "Hammerskins Nation," a skinhead group rooted in Texas that has offshoots in Australia and Canada.

In online forums, Page promoted his music while interacting with other skinheads. He posted 250 messages on one site between March 2010 and the middle of this year, and appeared eager to recruit others. In March 2011, he advertised for a "family friendly" barbeque in North Carolina, exhorting those online to attend.

Online records show Page had a brief criminal history in other states, including pleading guilty to misdemeanour criminal mischief after a 1994 arrest in El Paso for getting drunk and kicking holes in the wall of a bar. He received six months` probation.

Page also pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in Colorado in 1999 but never completed a sentence that included alcohol treatment, records show.

Page was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving again in 2010 in North Carolina after running his car off the side of a highway. The case was dropped a year later for lack of evidence, according to court records.

First Published: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:33
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