On Sunday in a Sikh temple in the suburbs of Milwaukee, a man opened fire shortly before the main religious service killing seven and wounding three others.
Wade Michael Page, a “bald, white male, dressed in a white t-shirt and black pants with a 9/11 tattoo on his arm,” has been confirmed as the identity of the assailant. Page is an Army veteran, and after the attack on the “Gurdwara,” or Sikh house of worship, was gunned down by a police officer after wounding Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, the first law enforcement officer to arrive on the scene.
Male Sikh practitioners customarily wear a turban and have long beards, which often get them mistaken for Muslims in instances of hate crimes.
Considering the shooting took place at a place of religious worship, and the assailant had a 9/11 tattoo, most involved in the shooting believe that this was a hate crime, an act of domestic terrorism.
"It's probably somebody not in their right mind," said Justice Singh Khalsa, a temple member since the 1990s, late Sunday. "It's possibly a hate crime, somebody not understanding the religion."
Authorities and the FBI have yet to determine a motive for the killings, with investigators looking into whether the attack could be classified as domestic terrorism.
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