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FBI concludes probe into Wisconsin gurdwara shooting

PTI  New York, November 21, 2012
First Published: 12:49 IST(21/11/2012) | Last Updated: 21:25 IST(21/11/2012)

The FBI has said it has concluded its probe into the August shooting incident at a gurdwara in Wisconsin, and found there is no evidence that the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community.

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"There is no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community," Special Agent in Charge of FBI's Milwaukee Division Teresa Carlson said while announcing conclusion of the investigation yesterday.

The probe indicated that gunman Wade Michael Page, a white supremacist, acted alone and was not assisted by anyone in committing the violent crime.

Carlson added that no evidence was found to conclude that the attack was directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group.

"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," he said.

The FBI had briefed the victims and family members of the deceased on the results of the investigation last week at the FBI Milwaukee Division.

During the course of the investigation, the bureau generated 200 investigative leads, conducted 300 interviews and collected more than 200 pieces of evidence, with 30 agencies, including 27 local, one state and two federal responding to the incident.

On the morning of August 5, Page had gone on a shooting spree at the gurdwara during Sunday morning prayers, killing six Sikh worshippers and critically injuring four others.

Page also opened fire on two Oak Creek police officers, seriously wounding one, before being shot by another officer.

The incident had sent shock waves among the large Indian community in the US, with President Barack Obama expressing condolences to the victims and their families.

First Lady Michelle Obama had visited the gurdwara and met with members of the community to express concern over the shootout and convey her solidarity to the families.

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