Because the man who gunned down 10 people, seven of them fatally, at a Sikh temple in Oak Park, WI is single, unemployed, bald-headed, white, and tattooed, some media outlets such as the Daily Mail and ABC News, citing anonymous sources, are hysterically proclaiming him to be a "white supremacist" and a "skinhead". However, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which is much closer to the scene, says that they cannot confirm this, and local law enforcement sources have merely said that the shooter is a "domestic terrorist", based upon tattoos found on the shooter's body.
According to the Journal-Sentinel, the shooter has been described as white, single, in his 40s and an Army veteran. That description came in part from Kurt Weins, who lives in the 3700 block of E. Holmes Ave. in Cudahy. He said he rented the property to a man he believed to be from Chicago with no record of violence in Wisconsin. Authorities did not tell Weins whether his tenant was the shooting suspect, but the description matches that of the man that sources said was the shooter. Weins said he saw nothing suspicious in the man's behavior during the brief period he knew him. YouTube video of Fox6 report embedded below:
The incident took place on August 5th, 2012 around 10:00 A.M. as Sunday services were being conducted at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee. The temple was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people. A gunman suddenly entered and began firing. Worshippers began scattering in all directions, many hiding in bathrooms or other rooms within the temple. The president of the temple, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was preparing to deliver remarks when he became one of the shooting victims. He was one of the seven fatalities. The first police officer to respond to the scene, a 20-year veteran on the police force, exchanged gunfire with the suspect and sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was undergoing surgery at Froedtert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee region, along with two other injured victims, and is expected to survive. A second Oak Creek officer who responded returned fire, killing the shooter.
But law enforcement is not jumping on the "white supremacist" bandwagon yet. One federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media refused to say whether the gunman was thought to belong to a hate group or some other violent group because the investigation was still unfolding. Other federal officials cautioned against thinking that a concrete link to a domestic terrorism group or hate group had been established. “The investigation will have to continue to see and determine the motive,” said a federal law enforcement official who had been briefed on the early planning for the case. “We don’t know much about the motive at this point.”
The Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh-American civil rights organization, also urged caution over the gunman's motive while the police investigation was ongoing. Executive director Sapreet Kaur said "There have been multiple hate crime shootings within the Sikh community in recent years and the natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case...".
The rush to judgment by some media outlets is deplorable. Just because a shooter is white, bald, and has tattoos does not make him a "white supremacist" or a "skinhead". The media outlets who plastered their headlines with "white supremacist" should be ashamed of themselves for sensationalizing the act at the risk of stirring up anti-White hatred. The man was also recently discharged from the Army and was reportedly dumped by a girlfriend; is it possible that PTSD problems or rejection issues may have triggered this act? Responsible white nationalists neither advocate nor tolerate this type of activity. In addition, there's also the danger that, in the wake of the Aurora shootings, gun-grabbers will use this as a pretext to push for more gun control.
Some intelligent reaction from a Stormfront thread that's grown to 18 pages:
creationofadam: The media and ZOG are going to have a field day with this. If the shooter is in fact white, than it will be called a "hate crime" by default no matter his beliefs. I find it highly suspect that right as the international gun summit and international gun treaty is on the horizon that whites keep commiting mass murder and there have been several scenerios in the last week where whites were found with vast arsenals with plans to carry out mass shootings. These types of crimes kill two birds with one stone. First they frighten the sheeple into surrendering their 2nd ammendment rights away and they beef up the sterotype of white people being dangerous extremists.
I genuinely hope that this guy is antifa or just some garden variety nutjob and not a WN. Due to the hollyweird sterotype of having a shaved head and being white and killing a bunch of non-whites he will be labeled a neo by the media no matter what his beliefs are. This seems to coincide with the new laws that are pending which strike down the first amendment and make it illegal to be critical of non-whites and eventual ban on "racism"(by that I mean white rights to advocate for ourselves, not anti-white racism). These types of things are exactly what Obama needs to fufill his marxist agenda.
Volodyamyr: We have two possibilities here. One is we have a white man who did something rash, monstrous and crazy without regard for how it will impact the rest of us. The other is this is the work of someone who was turned into a Manchurian Candidate, and therefore this is another false flag attack. Since it's clear the gunman was shot and probably killed by police, it doesn't look like it would be the work of a Mossad agent, who would prefer to get away with murder literally. This is only going to harm our rights and interests because this isolate incident will be used to paint all whites with the same brush, as well as suppressing the far more numerous hate crimes against us.
FrustratedAmerican: I can't find a way to attribute it to anything that out there. What it shows is how useless the mental healthcare system is in this country.
Before this is over we'll hear that someone, probably more than one person, knew he was "crazy and dangerous". Just like the guy in Aurora, just like Loughner, just like Cho, just like most of the others before them.
Someone knew they were nuts and didn't do anything about it. That's the downward spiral of civilization, when we worry so much about hurting someone's feelings that we leave crazy people walking the streets that we KNOW will eventually snap.
When this guys motive is revealed it won't make sense, just another nutcase that slipped through the cracks. It will probably turn out that the Sikh's were victims simply because they were handy and he knew they would be easy targets, not because he had any particular beef with theirs or any others religion.
From VNN Forum, a comment from someone who lives in the area:
Dylan Jones: I live here and just so everyone that doesn’t live in the area knows, the police and, subsequently, FBI has detained the people inside the temple all day. The mother of Armadeep Kaleka, Armadeep’s father was shot and is the president of the temple, was only allowed to talk to her son long enough to ask if her husband was alright. Armadeep said they aren’t releasing any information to anyone, then his mother said she had to go because they were on radio silence. The families and friends of those inside the temple haven’t been told who is dead, who is injured, they’re getting complete silence and being told that the FBI is briefing them. It’s 10:20 PM CST, local news showed people coming out of the temple at 12:20 – but the families still have no news. They’re being met with silence about everything. Why does the FBI find the need to keep such secrecy from immediate family members this many hours later. Conspiracy or not, that’s insensitive and a little suspicious!
A member of the temple council told local news that over the weekend a few men were walking around outside the temple “casing” it. He said those same men were back early this morning walking around, then a few hours later the shooting happened. Yesterday, the other Sikh temple in the Milwaukee area received a phone call from someone asking when the busiest time for the temple was. That definitely sounds like more than one person to many people in Milwaukee. And, the lone gunmen, lived in 2 homes on the same street. He moved from one house a few blocks away about 3 weeks ago, to the home currently being investigated for explosives. That is striking many people in my area as odd and has people asking questions.