Wade Michael Page called Holmes Avenue home, and use to live in Littleton, Colorado, where Columbine occurred. He was a former psychological operations specialist out of Ft. Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina.
Wade is of Old English and Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Wade is "able to go; river ford," and/or "advancer."
Wade Michael Page's name, in one translation, means a "knight's young apprentice," thus directly lexilinking to the Aurora mass shooting at The Dark Knight Rises screening. Page claimed to want to "end apathy," and thus he was a misguided idealistic crusader playing the "Dark Knight" in his shooting scenario. The image of the "Dark Knight" was also linked to the Nazi SS, and Page saw himself as a Neo-Nazi.
Here are other random notes about Page, from a variety of sources:
Page is described as a "heavily-tattooed, 40-year-old ex-Army soldier." Neighbors told Fox News that he had a 9-11 tattoo. He had all kinds of symbolic tattoos.
"Page said he was born in Colorado," according to an interview he gave.
Page use to live in Littleton, Colorado, he said.
He was a former US Army "psychological operations specialist," the Pentagon confirmed.
Sources told CBS News he was a 6-foot-tall bald white man who "seemed like he had a purpose and knew where he was going." NBC reports that he was said to be "wearing some sort of tactical-type pants but no bulletproof vest or protective gear."
The Washington Post called the musical group a "skinhead band."
In 1994, Page was arrested for causing criminal damage to property between $20 and $200, according to BuzzFeed, which examined Texas court records. The crime, to which Page pleaded guilty, was a class B misdemeanor, BuzzFeed reported.
Red Dirt Report looks at the components of these events and Operation Blue Star, which occurred between the Indian (Hindi) government and the Sikhs there, ending in the assassination of President Indira Gandhi by two of her Sikh bodyguards on October 31, 1984.
Bloomberg reports that Page was "discharged honorably from the Army in 1998 after six years of service" after serving from April 1992 through October 1998 as a sergeant and later a specialist, working as a Hawk missile system repairman before becoming a psychological operations specialist.
He was stationed at Ft. Bliss in Texas and at Ft. Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina while originally being from Littleton, Colorado. He was discharged from the Army for "patterns of misconduct," Reuters reported.
Page was never stationed overseas and in 1998 he was disciplined for being drunk on duty. That disciplinary action resulted in his rank being reduced from sergeant to specialist, according to Reuters. Page was not eligible to re-enlist, sources told Reuters.
Authorities told Reuters the suspect used a 9mm semi-automatic pistol in the shooting. The gun was recovered at the scene. Police are currently tracking the origin of the gun.
Law enforcement officials told CNN that Page legally owned the gun that was used in the temple shooting.
Page moved to Milwaukee earlier this year, according to the Journal Sentinel, and hadn't lived at his apartment for very long before the shooting. Neighbors told CBS News he only lived there for about two weeks. "Nobody has really seen him," neighbor Alma Rayes told CBS News. "We heard here and there that they've been doing a lot of arguing, between him and another female, but I haven't seen him."
The property Page rented was owned by Kurt L. Weins. Weins told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he believed his tenant was from Chicago and did not have a record of violence in Wisconsin."I had him checked out and he definitely checked out," Weins told the Journal Sentinel. We attempted to contact Weins but his phone number is apparently no longer in service.
Before Page's move to Milwaukee, Page lived in Littleton, Colo., from 2000 to 2007, 9News reported. A man bearing the same name was reportedly convicted of DUI in 1999 in Denver. Page was also ticketed for driving without a valid license in 1999, according to 9News. Littleton is where Columbine happened on Hitler's birthday, 1999.
Prior to the shooting Page had broken up with his girlfriend. A woman claiming to be the suspect's neighbor told Fox News that last week she heard yelling coming from one of the apartments the FBI searched after the shooting. "She says he had returned to the old apartment and was banging on the door of his old apartment, demanding to be let in," Fox News reported.
Police spent the night searching the suspect's apartment. At one point, the police, ATF, and FBI were at the apartment in the 3700 block of Holmes Avenue in Cudahy, Wisconsin, which is about six miles from the temple. Currently no information has been released about what may have been found during the search. But, according to the Journal Sentinel, authorities left the property around midnight "carrying large items."
Business Insider said, Page, 40, lived in an apartment building in Cudahy, Wisconsin. Authorities searched the building Sunday. The landlord there told authorities Page held a night job making welding supplies. Neighbors said they believe his girlfriend recently broke up with him.
Police say Page, whom they initially described as a heavy set Caucasian man with a shaved head and numerous tattoos, stormed the Sikh temple Sunday morning. He allegedly shot six people to death and wounded three others. Wade was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers.
Relatives of Satwant Kaleka, the president of the temple, told WGHP-TV that he was killed fighting the attacker. Satwant Kaleka, president of the Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, was among the six shot dead at the temple Sunday. (Credit: Kaleka family)