Sikh Temple Shooter Heavily Involved in Skinhead Scene

Wade Michael Page a member of 2 white power music groups
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2012 2:01 PM CDT
Sikh Temple Shooter Heavily Involved in Skinhead Scene
This undated photo provided by the FBI on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012 shows Wade Michael Page, a suspect in the Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 Sikh temple shootings in Oak Creek, Wis.   (AP Photo/FBI)

More details are emerging on Wade Michael Page, the Army vet suspected of killing six at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, and his involvement in white supremacist groups. Over the past 10 years, Page played guitar and sang in at least two skinhead punk bands, Fox News reports: Definite Hate and End Apathy. "[Song] topics vary from sociological issues, religion, and how the value of human life has been degraded by being submissive to tyranny and hypocrisy that we are subjugated to," Page said in a 2010 interview with End Apathy's label.

The band's MySpace page describes its music as "a sad commentary on our sick society and the problems that prevent true progress." White power songs are often so violent—discussing genocide against minorities, among other topics—that experts say the music is usually only available online. Page first came to the attention of the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2000, when he attempted to buy goods from a hate group, and a director from the group says he has attended "hate events" and was definitely "involved in the scene." He was also known to law enforcement, although an FBI agent won't say why. Police say Page acted alone, but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that authorities are looking for a second person of interest, a man with a 9/11 tattoo who was on the scene yesterday, possibly taping the chaos. (More Wade Michael Page stories.)

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