August 6, 2012 – On Sunday morning, a man opened fired at the Sikh temple just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His rampage killed six and wounded at least four more. He then was shot and killed by police. Authorities said the man had a number of tattoos over his body and was an ex-soldier in the Army.
The shooter was identified by sources as Wade Michael Page, who was at Fort Bragg at one time in North Carolina. A press conference for late Monday morning was scheduled by law enforcement officials to give more details about the gunman.
The FBI is calling the massacre domestic terrorism. One of the people killed was Satwant Kaleka who was the temple’s president. Sources have said that he tried to tackle the gunman as he was spraying gunfire throughout the inside of the temple.
The FBI, late Sunday served warrants at the home of the gunman. Before they went to the shooter’s home, the FBI evacuated a two-block area. The FBI then took in an armored vehicle with a number of other vehicles.
The entire community of Sikh was devastated by the shooting. Sikhism was founded in Southern Asia about 500 years ago and is a monotheistic faith. There are nearly 27 million followers in the world, with an estimated 500,000 living in the U.S, although most of the followers live in India. Sunday is a day of worship for the community and a meal is eaten by the entire community afterwards.