Motive in Wisconsin Shooting May Not Be Known: FBI

Oak Creek (Wisconsin)
Motive in Wisconsin Shooting May Not Be Known: FBI
Days into the investigations of the shooting incident at the Gurdwara here, federal agencies were clueless of what prompted the former soldier's rampage that killed six people and fear that the motive may have died with him.

With the killer Wade Michael Page, 41, an Army veteran dead, killed by the police after the shooting at a Milwaukee gurdwara, the investigators warn that that the motive may never be known.

"We may end up with just a lot of facts on what he is involved with, who he may be associated with, but we may never know that motive, because he died, and that motive died with him," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards was quoted by CNN as saying.

Although detectives are following up leads in several states, law experts quoted by the media feel that their findings might never be presented in court.

At the moment investigators are sifting through the life of Page, assembling the biodata of a man, who apparently has few relative and friends, a patchy work life and a thin criminal record.

The federal investigators and the police detectives are also collecting data about the white supremacist to get to the bottom of what motivated him to carry out the gruesome act.

But they are apprehensive whether the full story behind the attack will ever be known.

The FBI has taken over the case but released little official information.

In sketchy details, the fragments of Page's past that have emerged suggest that he lived a troubled life.

The police are following the leads whether Page held a personal grudge against the Sikhs or was he motivated by racist ideology, that could lead investigators to collect intelligence on white supremacist groups to prevent future such attacks.

CNN quoted Sikh groups in US as fearing that though Page may be dead other white supremacist and neo-nazi groups could harbour similar intentions.

Report said that it may take weeks or months for the FBI and the police to establish any motive in the crime.

Edwards also said family members of Page, have not reported observing any warning signs.

According to Edwards and the FBI, authorities have received tips that Page might have links to the white supremacist movement, but nothing had been confirmed.

The chief also said, counter to speculation, Page did not have a 9/11 tattoo.

While the FBI has said Page never was the subject of an investigation, he was mentioned in a small number of federal law enforcement reference files in cases going back seven years, a law enforcement official was quoted by CNN as saying.

The official said there is no information to suggest that investigators wanted to open a case on Page, but did not have the evidence to justify it.

While Page might have been sympathetic to a certain ideology, there was no evidence he had committed a federal crime prior to the Wisconsin shooting, the official said.

The official did not provide details about the nature of the cases in which Page's name was mentioned.

Bernard Zapor -- the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent in the investigation -- said yesterday that the 9mm semiautomatic handgun with multiple ammunition magazines used by the attacker had been legally purchased.

Page bought the gun on July 28 at the Shooters Shop in West Allis, Wisconsin, and picked it up two days later. The shooter bought ammunition there and used the shop's range.

Shop manager Eric Grabowski and owner Kevin Nugent said that surveillance video of Page buying the gun and using it in the range two days later has been turned over to investigators.

The suspect did not exhibit unusual behavior while in the store, Grabowski said.

The federal agencies continue their probe to establish the motive and lay down all the facts related to the shooting but fear that they might never know the full story.
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