Sikh Temple Shooter Was a Military Veteran

Gunman legally obtained the semiautomatic gun from a nearby Wisconsin shop.
3:00 | 08/06/12

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We begin with a new twist in that wisconsin temple massacre. Chilling information about how and why one more sacred place in american life became a battlefield. We now know this is the gunman who opened fire inside that temple. Wade michael page, a military vet, believe to be a white supremacist. With each passing hour, we're learning more about the victims, including the police officer who took nine shots. She he's fighting for his life. First the latest from abc's alex per reese on the scene in wisconsin. Alex? Reporter: Good evening, george, we've learned just three weeks ago, an officer who had been talked to the mayor was discussing with the mayor what they had to do to prevent a mass tragedy like this one. Police are also learning what exactly they had to do to make sure that something like this would never happen. Police believe this man, 40-year-old wade michael page carried out the deadly shooting inside a sikh temple that left five people dead and 13 others critically wed. Page served in the army from 1992 to 1998 and police confirm they're investigating his alleged ties to white supremacy hate groups. Authorities say page used a springfield .9 millimeter semiautomatic pistol to carry out the sunday massacre. Sources tell abc news he bought that gun here, legally, at the shooter's shop in nearby west allis, wisconsin. If we did everything right, there's nothing I can do to change it. Reporter: Hailed as a hero tonight, lieutenant brian murphy, a 21-year veteran of the police force and a longtime leader of their tactical team. He was one of the first officers to arrive at the scene. Page ambushed murphy, firing on the 51-year-old cop as he was helping a victim. But when his fellow officers found him on the ground, lieutenant murphy was more concerned about the victims inside. He had been shot nine times, one of them very serious in the neck area, and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple to assist those in there. In all, five men and one woman were killed in the shooting, ranging in age from 39 to 84. Among them, the temple's president, satwant kaleka, who tried to fend the shooter off with a knife. Today, he is being mourned by his friends and family. I spoke with his son, amardeep. At the very least, the fbi gave me the honor of knowing my farther went after the guy and tried to stop him and slow him down enough to let other people get to safety. Reporter: The shooting has rattled the sikh community, 500,000 strong in the united states. Sikhism is characterized by a belief in peace. Observant followers do not cut but since the september 11th attacks, sikhs in this country have often been confused with muslims and have increasingly been targeted -- more than 700 incidents reported since 9/11 -- a frustration many sikhs deal with every day. We're your brothers and sisters who live down the street. We're the doctor, the engineer, we're the cab driver, we're the gas station guy. We're your neighbors. Reporter: There are still many unanswered questions for the sikh community here in wisconsin. A statement, the gunman family told the milwaukee sentinel they are devastated and don't have

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