An ex-army soldier, who spent approximately six years in the service, was identified as the gunman who entered a Sikh temple on Sunday morning and opened fire. His rampage took the lives of six people and injured four others. Police shot and killed the gunman before he could kill any others.
Law enforcement officials have identified the well tattooed gunman as Wade Michael Page. Sources said Page first enlisted in the Army in April of 1992 and received a less than honorable discharge during 1998. He was stationed at Fort Bliss at the psychological operations unit during 1994. His last assignment was at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. No more details were given about his discharge.
Police killed Wade outside the Sikh temple during a shootout. His rampage inside the temple left congregants texting friends outside the temple for help and others hiding inside temple closets.
Sunday morning Page opened fired in the temple located on the outskirts of the city limits of Milwaukee. Sources said that ethnicity or race might have played a part in the violence, but there were no immediate known links to any extremists groups.
Killed in the barrage of gunfire was the president of the temple Satwant Kaleka. He is thought to have tried to tackle the gunman while he was spraying the interior of the temple full of bullets.
Sikhism was first founded over 500 years ago in the Southern region of Asia. There are thought to be over 27 million worldwide followers with an estimated 500,000 living in the United States. Most of the followers of the monotheistic faith live in India.