MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin: The man who went on a killing spree at a gurdwara in a Milwaukee suburb, leaving six people dead has been identified as a former US Army soldier, Wade Michael Page, according media reports.
Fox News said that the gunman has been identified as 40-year-old ex-Army soldier Wade Michael Page, who was at one time attached to the Fort Bragg Army installation in North Carolina.
Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, a member of the congregation who was not at the gurdwara at the time of the shooting, helped police interview witnesses.
He said the attacker was described as a bald, white man, who wore a white T-shirt and black pants. The killer had a 9/11 tattoo on one arm -- which "implies to me that there's some level of hate crime there", CNN quoted Kaleka as saying.
Kaleka said the man opened fire in the parking lot, "then entered into the temple and proceeded to open fire".
"It seems the few casualties that have been divulged to me have been the equivalent of priests, the holy leaders of our people," he was quoted as saying.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the attack at the gurdwara in a Milwaukee suburb as an act of domestic terrorism but no motive has been determined.
FBI officials confirmed Sunday night that they are investigating a home in Cudahy, Wisconsin - presumably that of the shooter - in relation to the incident, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Officials said a lone gunman appeared to be behind the rampage, but cops did not rule out the possibility of an accomplice. They did not identify the killer or say what his motive might have been.
White House officials said President Barack Obama was notified of the shootings shortly before 1 p.m. by John Brennan, his homeland security adviser.
Calling Sikhs "a part of our broader American family", Obama in a White House statement promised his administration's full support to the response and investigation of Sunday's rampage.
"As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family," he said.
In New Delhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Monday expressed deep shock and sadness over the shooting. He hoped the US authorities would probe the attack and ensure that such "ghastly events" do not take place in future.
"I hope the American authorities will investigate whoever is behind this dastardly attack on devotees and will ensure that such ghastly events do not take place. The US president has issued a statement, I welcome that..." (Agencies)
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