New York, NY-(ENEWSPF)- As new information about the confirmed shooter emerges, the focus around the tragic shooting has quickly evolved into examining the motivations behind the shooting. New details reported this morning identify the shooter as Wade Michael Page. Page, a 40-year old discharged veteran had reported links to a racist band and at least one Neo-Nazi organization.
“While we continue to be cautious about rushing to judgment, it is important to note that this is only one of a growing number of incidents of violence that Sikhs have experienced in recent years. Freedom of religion is a fundamental tenet of democracy and it’s incredibly sad that victims were shot down while exercising that right in the peace of their Gurdwara,” said Executive Director, Sapreet Kaur.
“As we continue to struggle with what happened and support victims and their families, we hope America will be as outraged as we are and urge leaders to take steps to do more to prevent these crimes, promote tolerance and protect the rights of all people,” said Ms. Kaur.
The Sikh Coalition, partnering with other leading organizations on the ground in Milwaukee, have set up a fund to support the victims and their families and urge Americans of all faiths to stand with the Sikh community in solidarity. To make a tax-deductible contribution visit the website here.
“Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and we continue to be grateful for the bravery and quick action of police officers that responded and the agencies currently involved in getting to the bottom of this case,” said Kaur.