Wade Michael Page
|“||Passive submission is indirect support to the oppressors. Stand up for yourself and live the 14 words.||„|
|~ Page in a 2011 social media post.|
Wade Michael Page (November 11, 1971 – August 5, 2012) was an American white supremacist, skinhead, and mass murderer who was the perpetrator of the Wisconsin Sikh Temple mass shooting on August 5, 2012. He killed 6 people and injured 4 others before taking his own life.
Page was born in Colorado. In 1992 Page joined the US Army, initially working as a repairman on Hawk missile systems before becoming a psychological operations specialist. In 1998 after a pattern of misconduct - including both drinking on duty and being AWOL - Page was demoted and given a general discharge from the Army.
After his discharge Page returned to Colorado, and spent the next several years living in the Denver suburb of Littleton. Page worked as a truck driver from 2006 to 2010 but was then fired for impaired driving. During his time in Colorado Page became involved with Neo-Nazi and White Power Movement. He was a member of the American Nazi Party and was also allegedly a member of the Hammerskins.
A former friend described Page as a loner who kept going on about an impending race war. Neighbors in his apartment building also remarked that Page was a loner who rarely left his apartment and did not make eye contact.
By 2012 Page was living in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb of Cudahy. On July 28 Page went to a West Allis gunshop and legally purchased a handgun and 19 round clips from the shop. Page passed all the required background checks and the owner of the shop reported that Page did not raise any suspicion in him.
On August 5 Page went to the Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and began shooting. By the time the rampage was over four people inside the temple laid dead. Page shot and killed two more people outside before ending his own life.
Authorities labeled the act as a domestic terrorist attack as well as a possible hate crime against Sikhs. Oak Park police turned the investigation over to the FBI. The chief of police declined to remark on possible motives, stating that knowledge of that died with Page.
Following the shooting, photographs of Page appeared in media reports showing him with a range of tattoos on his arms and upper body, which were said to show his links to white supremacist organizations. One tattoo was of the Fourteen Words, a well-known white supremacist slogan.
Page's former step-mother apologized to the Sikh victims and said she had not been in touch with her stepson for the past twelve years, after divorcing his father.