Deceased gunman at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin killed himself.
By H. Nelson Goodson
August 8, 2012
Oak Creek, WI – On Wednesday, the FBI reported that the deceased suspect Wade Michael Page, 40, involved in last Sunday’s deadly massacre at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin had ultimately killed himself after being shot and wounded in stomach by Officer Sam Lenda. He shot himself in the head.
The Oak Creek Police Department confirmed that Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, the president of the Sikh Temple had been fatally shot by the suspect. Kaleka had confronted and struggled with Page just after 10:15 a.m. inside the temple lobby. Page managed to shoot Kaleka in the back while struggling. Kaleka later bled to death as a result of his injuries. The FBI claimed that Kaleka’s heroic quick action helped save lives.
The local Sikh Temple is located at 7512 S. Howell Ave. Page, a White male suspect went to the temple after 10:15 a.m. and opened fire killing six victims between the ages of 39 to 84, including Kaleka and another man in the parking lot. Three of the deceased victims were also brothers.
Three injured victims that survived were identity as Baba (priest) Punjab Singh and Baba Santokh Singh, including Oak Creek Police Lieutenant Brian Murphy, 51.
At least 100 people were attending a peaceful Sunday sermon by Punjab, a guest from India. Punjab and one other priest were shot and injured at the scene. A high priest managed to escape from the shooting scene.
Several Oak Creek officers responding to the scene after 10: 26 a.m. were confronted by Page, who shot Lt. Murphy at least 8 to 9 times with a 9mm handgun in an ambush while trying to help a victim in the parking lot. Lt. Murphy remains in critical condition due to a serious neck injury and is expected to survive. Murphy’s heroic action in the parking lot kept Page outside and helped prevent additional deaths inside the temple.
Lenda, another officer at the scene exchanged fire with a squad assault rifle and wounded Page at the scene. Page ultimately killed himself by committing suicide in the parking lot, according to the FBI.
No motive has been established by the FBI. Most likely it will never be known why Page, an alleged supremacy group member and an army veteran from 1992 to 1998 committed the Sikh Temple massacre.
Page had recently moved to city of Cudahy in July and was living at the 3700 block of E. Holmes Ave.
The deceased victims were identified as:
Sita Singh, 41, male
Ranjit Singh, 49, male
Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65, male
Prakash Singh, 39, male
Paramjit Kaur, 41, female
and Suveg Singh, 84, male.
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