Alleged Sikh Temple Shooter Former Member of Skinhead Band
Posted By Mark Potok On August 6, 2012 @ 7:29 am In Domestic Terrorism | 8 Comments
The man who allegedly murdered six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee yesterday, identified in media reports as Wade Michael Page, was a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.
In 2010, Page, then the leader of the band End Apathy, gave an interview  to the white supremacist website Label 56. He said that when he started the band in 2005, its name reflected his wish to “figure out how to end people’s apathetic ways” and start “moving forward.” “I was willing to point out some of my faults on how I was holding myself back,” Page said. Later, he added, “The inspiration was based on frustration that we have the potential to accomplish so much more as individuals and a society in whole.” He did not discuss violence in the interview.
Page told the website that he had been a part of the white power music scene since 2000, when he left his native Colorado on a motorcycle. He attended white power concerts in Georgia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Colorado.* At various times, he said, he also played in the hate rock bands Youngland (2001-2003), Celtic Warrior, Radikahl, Max Resist, Intimidation One, Aggressive Force and Blue Eyed Devils. End Apathy, he said, included “Brent” on bass and “Ozzie” on drums; the men were former members of Definite Hate and another band, 13 Knots.
In 2000, the Southern Poverty Law Center has found that Page also attempted to purchase goods from the neo-Nazi National Alliance , then America’s most important hate group.
And something more positive:
Neighbor: 'I kept talking to him to make sure he was conscious'
Officials examine blood-stained clothing and towels in front of Jim Haase's house in Oak Creek. Haase aided a man who was wounded in the nearby Sikh Temple shooting.
By Dan Egan of the Journal Sentinel Aug. 5, 2012
Jim Haase was just getting off the phone after making Sunday lunch plans with a friend when he heard a distinctive "pop pop pop" coming from the direction of the Sikh Temple about 300 yards north of his Oak Creek home. The 60-year-old Vietnam War veteran, retired Oak Creek firefighter and weapons instructor knew right away what it was.
Haase figured the first shots came from a semi-automatic weapon because the pops were coming "as fast as you can pull the trigger."
Then he heard six or seven larger bangs. Haase said it was the police returning fire.
"I didn't see the gun battle," he said, "but I could hear it because I'm right next door."
Minutes later, his yellow lab, Paris, started "going crazy," and right after that he heard a pounding on the door of his ranch house. When he opened it he saw a 60- or 70-year-old man with a gray beard standing in a blood-soaked white tunic.
"He couldn't speak English, but he was pointing at it," Haase said of the victim gesturing to the wound in his mid-section.
Haase, trained as a first responder, grabbed a towel and laid the man on his front lawn to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. He said the bullet - which made an entry hole no bigger than the diameter of a pen - appeared to go straight through the man, who remained conscious the whole time.
"I knew it wasn't his lungs because he didn't have blood in his mouth, and I knew it wasn't his heart because he was still alive," said Haase.
Haase said he called Oak Creek police to dispatch an ambulance. He said he continued to tend to the victim while they waited for help to arrive.
"I kept talking to him to make sure he was conscious, that he was alert and oriented through the whole thing," he said.
Haase said Franklin paramedics arrived minutes after he called, and he said believes the man apparently was one of the survivors of Sunday's shooting.
Haase didn't know the victim's name.
Haase didn't have lots of contact with the temple-goers next door, but he said his fire engine-red Ford truck parked outside his house must have been something of a beacon because he dropped by from time to time to help temple members deal with maintenance issues.
"We're neighbors," he said.