Sikh Shooting Investigation Widens


Federal investigators say they’ve subpoenaed almost 200 people, to try to pinpoint the motive behind Sunday’s deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek.

The FBI now says Wade Michael Page apparently died from shooting himself in the head, after police wounded the Sikh temple gunman with a rifle shot to the stomach. Though Page is deceased, investigators say they still want to know more about why the 40 year old army veteran with ties to white supremacist groups went on a shooting rampage that killed a half-dozen worshippers. FBI Milwaukee agent in charge Teresa Carlson says federal grand jury subpoenas have been issued to 188 people.

But Carlson claims law enforcement is trying to strike a balance between protecting the civil liberties of people even when they say reprehensible things with the need to ensure public safety. The U.S. Attorney for the eastern district of Wisconsin, James Santelle says as the investigation continues, he’s not surprised by the number of hate groups with inflammatory language.

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Santelle says investigators still think Page acted alone on Sunday, and say the arrest of Page’s ex-girlfriend this week is not tied to the shootings. Prosecutors say the former girlfriend, Misty Cook is not in jail, hasn’t been charged with a crime and is cooperating.