Scenes From the Sikh Temple Shooting

See the events surrounding the tragic temple shooting unfold.

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At least six people were killed Sunday when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, authorities said. The suspected shooter later died in an exchange of gunfire with police. Click to see more images from the scene and reactions around the world.
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According to Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, the shooting was reported at 10:25 a.m. and a police officer responding to the scene was shot multiple times when he confronted a gunman outside the temple. The officer returned fire, striking and killing the gunman.
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The gunman suspected of launching the deadly rampage has been identified by authorities as 40-year-old former Army Sgt. Wade Michael Page. He was also the former leader of a neo-Nazi music group called End Apathy, according to The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks domestic hate groups.
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FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said Monday they were looking into Page’s ties to white supremacist groups. Page had contact with law enforcement in the past and there may be references to him in previous FBI files.
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Page had no criminal record in the military and no record of combat deployments. Page served in the Army from April 1992 to Oct. 1998 and had his ranked reduced from sergeant to specialist, NBC News reported.
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The gunman walked up to a priest who was standing outside the temple, shot him and then went inside and started shooting, according to temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri. Authorities told NBC News that Page purchased legally the 9mm semi-automatic handgun he allegedly used in the rampage near his home within the past 10 days.
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The shooting took place shortly before Sunday services were to begin. "We have no idea," temple committee member Ven Boba Ri, said to the Journal-Sentinel of the motive. "It's pretty much a hate crime. It's not an insider."
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When word of the attack got out Oak Creek police, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies responded, the Journal-Sentinel reported.
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Authorities closed roads and set up a staging area near the temple.
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The FBI also assisted in responding to the attack.
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Police said four bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected gunman, were outside.
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The temple's president was among those shot, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.
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The shooting has caused an outpouring of support from fellow Sikhs across the nation and the world. Members of the Sikh Society of Northeast Florida attended a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Jacksonville, Florida.
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Members of the Sikh community, including Simerpreet Kaur, center, gather for a news conference, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at the Sikh Association of Fresno Temple in Fresno, California.
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A woman takes part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in Milwaukee.
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Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee Sunday, Aug 5, 2012.
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Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting, in Milwaukee, Sunday, Aug 5, 2012.
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A woman plays soft music at a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee.
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A woman reacts outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis,
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A family member prays in a parking lot while waiting to hear information about his loved ones inside the Sikh Temple on S. Howell Avenue where the shooting occurred.
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Wisconsin state Rep. Josh Zepnick, who rushed to the scene, said he has been inside the temple many times. He described the shooting as senseless.
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A man holds his child during a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee.
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Nearby cities are also responding. The New York Police Department said it was increasing coverage in and around Sikh temples in New York City as a precaution. "There is no known threat against Sikh temples in New York City, however, the coverage is being put in place out of an abundance of caution," the department said.
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Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/11. Although Sikhs do not practice Islam, advocates blame the incidents on anti-Islamic sentiment, as people often confuse them with Muslims.
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A man sits on a rock as police investigate the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis.
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An Indian Sikh man holds a placard during a protest against the deadly shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, in Jammu, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, a Sikh himself, said Monday that he was shocked and saddened by the shooting attack that killed six people at a Sikh house of worship in the U.S. state of Wisconsin.
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Indian Sikh men hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the deadly shooting attack at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, in Jammu, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012.
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