Sikh temple shooter spent time in Texas while in the army

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by KHOU.com Staff

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Posted on August 6, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 7 at 12:16 AM

HOUSTON--The man authorities have identified as the shooter responsible for six deaths at a Wisconsin temple on Sunday once lived in Texas while in the army.

Wade Michael Page, 40, was an army veteran and self-proclaimed white supremacist. His stint in the military lasted six years starting in 1992 and according to reports, he was demoted in rank.

Page was stationed at Fort Bliss in the 1990s. It was during this time that he first got in trouble with the law.

In June 1994, police in El Paso arrested a then 24-year-old Page. Prosecutors say he appeared drunk and was kicking holes in the wall of a bar.

The soldier served six months probation.

By 1998, Page had been discharged from the army and ineligible to reenlist. Back in his native Colorado, he was convicted of drunk driving and sentenced to two months in jail.

Two years ago, he was picked up again and arrested for DWI in North Carolina.

By then, Page already had the attention of the Southern Poverty Center, a civil rights organization that links him to white supremacy groups.

At a news conference on Monday, the FBI acknowledged it is looking into Page’s ties to white supremacy, but denied that he was under investigation at the time of Sunday’s shooting.

"There may be references to him in various files. These are things that are being analyzed now. But we had no reason to believe, as far as I know, no law enforcement agency had any reason to believe that he was planning, or plotting or capable of such violence," said Teresa Carlson of the FBI.

The FBI also announced that agents were looking for a person of interest in this case but as of Monday, that person had been found, interviewed and cleared of any connection to the shooting.

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