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What caused U.S. army veteran to go on shooting rampage? (2)

(Xinhua)

16:43, August 07, 2012

Officials at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization fighting hate and bigotry, said that Page has been on their watch list for about a decade because of his connections to white supremacists.

What is known is that, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, he played guitar and sang vocals for a band called End Apathy, which has released music on Label56 since its started in 2005. Label56 has been tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center since 2006 because of its "active promotion and distribution of racist hate music," the group said in a news release.

In an effort to distance itself from the shooting, Label56 released a statement on Monday afternoon.

"We have worked hard over the years to promote a positive image and have posted many articles encouraging people to take a positive path in life," the statement said. "We have never sought attention by using 'shock value' / symbols and ideology that are generally labeled as such. With that being said, all images and products related to End Apathy have been removed from our site."

The Southern Poverty Law Center said in a news release that while the label might have stopped selling End Apathy's albums, it continues to offer such hate rock bands as Stormtroop 16, Children of the Reich, Total War and Bound for Glory.

Schlesinger said that Page's connection to the group is circumstantial evidence and does not count as a clear motive for the shooting. "We have to wait for collective evidence from friends and family, and wait before we can reach any conclusions about what led to the shooting," he said.

The shooting sent shockwaves across the nation because it came on the heels of the Colorado movie theater shooting massacre when a man dressed in black strode through the emergency door and shot and killed 12 people.

The incident also came more than a year after the January 2011 shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords. Six people, including a 9-year-old girl, were killed and 12 others were injured after a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside of a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.

As for why anyone would commit such a horrific act, it hard to say, according to Tamara Lave, associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law.

"Research shows that mass killers are different than serial killers," she told Xinhua. "Serial killers because it satisfies an urge or desire and they can go for long stretches of time. Mass killers are depressed and anxious and have serious psychological problems. They are usually alienated and loners and depressed. But it's hard to say what set Page off. We just don't know yet."

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