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FBI: Temple gunman died of self-inflicted wound


MILWAUKEE (WXOW) -- FBI officials say the gunman in Sunday's shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said in a news conference Wednesday morning in Milwaukee that the second officer to respond to the scene shot Wade Michael Page in the stomach. A short time later, Page fatally shot himself in the head.

Carlson says at this time, the FBI has still not clearly defined a motive for the shooting, which killed six people.  She cautioned a motive may not ever be really known.

The FBI's evidence response team is still meticulously searching the crime scene at the 16,000 square foot temple. Investigators have recovered more than 100 items from the parking lot alone.

The FBI has conducted more than 100 interviews nationwide, including family and former employers, neighbors and associates of Page, and issued 180 federal grand jury subpoenas. Investigators currently have about 100 pending leads worldwide. They're still combing through sources like Page's phone records and security videos in the neighborhood, but have determined there is no video recording from inside the temple during the shooting.

Carlson says the FBI has still not identified anyone else responsible for the shooting other than Page, but will continue investigating leads.


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The FBI says the motive behind the shootings at a Sikh temple that left six worshippers dead remains unknown but authorities still haven't identified anyone other than the gunman as being responsible.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson also told a Wednesday news conference that investigators determined gunman Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after he was shot by police. Authorities previously said an officer had fired the fatal shot.

Carlson says federal officials had not opened any investigation into Page before Sunday's shooting. She says investigators are interviewing dozens of people who have known Page as they work to determine for a possible motive.

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