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U.S. police identify lone suspect in Wisconsin temple shooting

By Katherine Harbin (Xinhua)

08:04, August 07, 2012

CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. police identified on Monday Wade Michael Page, 40, as the lone suspect who killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday.

Oak Creek police also released the identities of the shooting victims, aged 39 to 84. Paramjit Kaur was the only female among those killed, while the five male victims were confirmed as Prakash Singh, Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, and Suveg Singh.

Page also critically wounded the first responding police officer. According to Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards, Page shot Lieutenant Brian Murphy, 51, eight to nine times at close range. Murphy, who has served 21 years with the police department, currently remains in critical condition.

Edwards told reporters that Page, who died after a shoot-out with police officers, was believed to have acted alone in the attacks.

Page served in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1998, where he worked as a "psychological operations specialist,"Edwards said, adding that Page had been classified as ineligible for re-enlistment in the Army.

Oak Creek Police said local officials were working on the Page case in cooperation with the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

According to ATF Special Agent in Charge Bernard Zapor, the 9mm handgun used in the attacks was purchased legally. Also found as evidence in the shootings were multiple ammunition magazines.

At a press conference Monday morning, law enforcement officials said they were still investigating any possible motive for the temple attacks, and that to report a motive now would be " premature."

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