FBI Won’t Release More Information about Mass Shooter at Sikh Temple

Steve Neavling

As the nation looks closer at the motives behind mass shootings, the FBI is refusing to release more information on Wade Michael Page, who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. before committing suicide.

This is all the FBI has to say about the motive: “The FBI investigation indicates Wade Michael Page acted alone and was not assisted in committing this violent crime killing six and wounding four other victims,” the FBI’s statement said in November. “No evidence was uncovered to conclude this attack was directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group. During the shooting at the temple, Page exchanged gunfire with two Oak Creek police officers seriously wounding one, before being shot by another officer, then turning his weapon on himself. There is also no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community.”

Although the FBI interviewed 300 people, pursued 200 investigative leads and examined more than 200 pieces of evidence, it does not plan to release more information.

“He did not leave a note behind,” Leonard Peace, spokesman for the FBI’s Milwaukee office, said Tuesday. “The investigation did not reveal that he had communicated to anyone his intent to do this. Without any clear motive as to why, you can only speculate what his true motives were in doing this attack. That’s not what we do. We don’t sit and speculate. We have to base our investigation on finding some facts.”

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