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Sikh temple shooting suspect died of self-inflicted gunshot: FBI

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.

August 8, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The suspected gunman in the Sikh temple shooting died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, FBI officials said on Wednesday.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said at a news conference that investigators determined Wade Michael Page shot himself in the head after he was shot by police. Authorities previously said an officer had fired the fatal shot.

Investigators say Page shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee on Sunday. The dead included temple President Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was shot as he tried to fend off the shooter with a butter knife.

Page shot a responding police officer in the parking lot at least eight times before another officer wounded Page in a shootout.

The motive behind the shooting remains unknown, and FBI officials say they have not identified anyone other than Page as being responsible. However, the 40-year-old's girlfriend was taken into custody after a handgun was found in her apartment. She is prohibited from possessing a gun as a convicted felon.

Page posted frequent messages on Internet forums for skinheads, urging members to be more active for their cause. He also played in white supremacist heavy metal bands with names such as Definite Hate and End Apathy, and described himself as a member of the "Hammerskins Nation," a skinhead group rooted in Texas that has branches in Australia and Canada, according to the SITE Monitoring Service, a Maryland-based private intelligence firm that searches the Internet for extremist activity.

Suburban Milwaukee police had no contact with Page before Sunday, and his record gave no indication he was capable of such intense violence. Authorities are continuing to sift through Page's life trying to assemble the biography of a man who apparently had few relatives, a spotty work history and a thin criminal record. They have warned they might never learn for certain what drove him to attack total strangers in a holy place.

See photos from the scene of the shooting

ABC News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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