The gunman who opened fire in a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, Wisc., killing six people is being described as a “frustrated neo-Nazi” who participated in the white-power music scene. Wade Michael Page, according to OCWeekly.com, may have even had ties to White Aryan Resistance founder Tom Metzger of Warsaw.
According to the website, Page was in a band that played secret white-power shows. When he joined the band Youngland in 2001, the website says its members included infamous neo-Nazi Martin Cox, and Kenn Etiquette, the founder of a once influential white power radio station. “Through those connections, Page would’ve had contact with Tom Metzger, one of the godfathers of the modern-day white-power movement, as Metzger was a frequent guest of OC neo-Nazis during the early 2000s,” reports OCWeekly.com.
The FBI has classified the shootings in Wisconsin as domestic terrorism and is still investigating a possible motive. An FBI spokesman told the Associated Press they have not yet determined what drove Page over the edge or if any white-supremacy or neo-Nazi group may have influenced him.
But today, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms tells StaceyPageOnline.com that they have no reason to believe Page acted on behalf of or because of any group or individual other than himself. ATF Public Information Officer Dave Coulson of the Columbus, Ohio, bureau, said, “We have no active information that would indicate (Metzger) is involved.”
According to the AP, Page enlisted in the U.S. Army in April 1992 and given a less-than-honorable discharge in October 1998. He served at Fort Bliss, Texas, in the psychological operations unit in 1994, and was last stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., attached to the psychological operations unit. The details of his discharge were not clear.
Wade was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers, but authorities say he died of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
Metzger has been a leader in the white supremacist movement for more than 30 years. He has affiliated himself with a number of extremist groups throughout his career including the Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, the Christian Identity movement and the John Birch Society. He is formerly the head of the white supremacist organization White Aryan Resistance, which no longer exists.
In 1990, an Oregon jury rendered a $12.5 million judgment against Metzger and his son for inciting the murder of an Ethiopian immigrant by neo-Nazi skinheads.
Metzger is now active primarily on the Internet, where he runs a Web site and online newspaper called The Insurgent, sells extremist paraphernalia and broadcasts radio segments.