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FBI concludes white supremacist Sikh temple shooter 'acted alone'

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 06:42 hrs

Washington: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has said that the white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, who killed nearly six people at Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting, 'acted alone'.

Teresa Carlson, special-agent-in-charge of the FBI's Milwaukee office, issued a four-paragraph statement, saying the agency had concluded its investigation into the August 5 incident.

The statement said that it found no evidence to suggest that Page had any help or was carrying out any directive from any white-supremacist group.

Investigators also found nothing to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community, Fox News reports.

The statement did not mention any motive, and the bureau did not release any supporting or supplemental documents.

"We did not talk about motive because of the fact it went with him," Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said in an interview, adding: "That may never be known."

Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran, walked into the temple in Oak Creek shortly before Sunday services were set to begin and opened fire. He killed six people and wounded three.

According to the report, the shootings reverberated around the globe. The Sikh faith has roughly 27 million followers worldwide, with the vast majority living in India.

Sikhs from around the world offered condolences, and some of the victims' family members traveled to Washington, D.C., to ask Congress to track hate crimes against Sikhs. First Lady Michelle Obama visited the temple and met privately with victims' family members.

S.M Krishna, India's external affairs minister, Nirupama Rao, the country's ambassador to the United States, and Dutta Toma, counsel general of India in Chicago, visited the temple as well, reassuring worshippers that the Indian government and its people supported them, the report said.

"We join the Sikh community in grieving the loss of their loved ones," Carlson said in the FBI statement.

"We continue to work with temple leaders and all of our law enforcement partners in an effort to keep the community safe," he added. (ANI)



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