FBI Statement on Oak Creek Sikh Temple Investigation

CREATED Nov. 20, 2012

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Teresa L. Carlson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Milwaukee Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced today the FBI is concluding its investigation into the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012. The FBI briefed the victims and family members of the deceased on the results of the investigation on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the FBI Milwaukee Division.

The FBI investigation indicates Wade Michael Page acted alone and was not assisted in committing this violent crime killing (6) and wounding (4) other victims. No evidence was uncovered to conclude this attack was directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group. During the shooting at the temple, Page exchanged gun fire with two Oak Creek police officers seriously wounding one, before being shot by another officer, then turning his weapon on himself. There is also no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community.

During the course of its investigation, the FBI generated 200 investigative leads; conducted 300 interviews and collected more than 200 pieces of evidence. Thirty agencies responded to the incident including (27) local, (1) state, and (2) federal agencies.
SAC Carlson said: “We join the Sikh community in grieving the loss of their loved ones. We continue to work with temple leaders and all of our law enforcement partners in an effort to keep the community safe.”