The man who shot six people to death and wounded three others during a rampage at a Sikh temple in a Milwaukee suburb was an Army veteran who was a white supremacist, authorities said Monday.
Law enforcement officials sources familiar with the investigation named him as Wade Michael Page, 40.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said the attacker shot people inside and outside the temple, including a police officer. Edwards said another police officer with a rifle then shot the gunman, who died at the scene.
Page was a "frustrated neo-Nazi" who led a racist white supremacist band, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the nonprofit civil rights organization in Montgomery, Ala., said Page had been on the white-power music scene for more than a decade, playing in bands known as Definite Hate and End Apathy.
"The name of the band seems to reflect what he went out and actually did," Potok said.
"There is a whole underworld of white supremacists music that is rarely seen or heard by the public," Potok said, describing lyrics that talk about carrying out genocide against Jews and other minorities, he said.
Potok said there's no research showing white supremacists hating Sikhs, suggesting Sunday's attack could have been an example of someone mistaking Sikhs for another group, such as Muslims.
In a 2010 interview, Page told a white supremacist website that he became active in white-power music in 2000, when he left his native Colorado and started the band End Apathy in 2005.
He told the website his "inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole," according to the law center. He did not mention violence.
End Apathy's biography on the band's MySpace page said it was based in Nashville, N.C.
Earlier, the FBI said that it had not determined a motive for the Sunday morning shooting and that investigators were looking into whether the attack might be classified as domestic terrorism.
Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused with Muslims, and they have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.
Victims of the Sunday morning attack ranged in age from their late 20s to about 70, said Justice Singh Khalsa, who helped translate witness accounts for authorities. Three people remained in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital, the medical center said Monday.
Page, born on Veterans Day in 1971, joined the Army in 1992 and left the service in 1998, according to Army Spokesman George Wright.
According to a Pentagon official, Page was discharged from military service in 1998 for "patterns of misconduct."
One law enforcement official said Page legally owned the gun used in the shooting.
The officials spoke on condition of not being identified because they were not authorized to talk on the record about the shooting investigation.
Edwards said the attacker shot people inside and outside the temple, including a police officer, before another police officer shot him.
"They gave the individual commands. He didn't respond to those," Edwards said "He shot some of the squads, damaging them, and he was at that time shot at by one of our officers with a rifle."
Asked about the officer shot in the attack, Edwards said that "it was very close range."
"He was tending to someone down in a crouch position, what it appears," the police chief said. "And the individual walked up on him, around a vehicle and engaged him very closely - inches to feet, and fired at him. He was shot between eight and nine times."
Edwards said the wounded officer was "resting comfortably with his family and looks like nothing's life threatening at this point."
The suspect had a criminal record, Edwards said. A background check showed Page had separate convictions for DUI in Colorado in 1999 and for criminal mischief in Texas in 1994.
Authorities have not formally released the names of the deceased.
One of the dead was a priest named Prakash Singh, who recently immigrated to the United States with his wife and two young children, said Justice Singh Khalsa, a temple member since the 1990s.
Relatives of Satwant Kaleka, the president of the temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, said Monday that he was killed fighting the attacker.
"From what we understand, he basically fought to the very end and suffered gunshot wounds while trying to take down the gunman," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, his nephew.
"He was a protector of his own people, just an incredible individual who showed his love and passion for our people, our faith, to the end," he said, near tears. "He was definitely one of the most dedicated individuals I have ever seen, one of the happiest people in the world."
Kaleka said those inside the gurdwara, or Sikh house of worship, described the attacker as a bald white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black