posted on Aug, 6 2012 @ 03:35 PM
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Well I am back in America, sent out yesterday after the shooting in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. Since I went to university in Milwaukee I was
told to get on a plane and start fact-finding here on the story for my news organization, it looks like I'm going to miss the rest of the Olympics
but here are some things I've found out since arriving early this morning local time that have not been widely reported to my knowledge and to give
some flavor to the story:
First, immediately after the shooting yesterday someone claiming to be an eye-witness and son of one of those shot posted information on the internet
that a 4 person hit squad carried out the attack and it was a false-flag. This has been widely disputed by both local officials and people in Oak
Creek. I am trying to find out more about the person who posted the information but his uploads came online long before the Sikhs who were at the
scene left, and to my knowledge he posted no proof that he was at the scene at all.
Second, the reports of a second shooter came mainly from the fact that the shooter was mobile and quickly moved from the building interior to the
exterior according to law enforcement. Oak Creek police say they responded quickly to the attack and were there within minutes of the first call, but
there is a bit of a discrepancy with that as many inside the building say it took far longer for police to enter the building. My sources say this is
because they had to wait for SWAT units to arrive before they cleared the building itself.
Third, The Milwaukee area is surprisingly quiet considering what happened yesterday. I have heard reports from a few civilians that there was
increased police presence in the city yesterday, including federal agents patrolling the downtown area, but this has been claimed to just be normal
procedure by officials. Today, moving through the city I noticed nothing out of the ordinary at all. The city proper seems to be functioning
normally, and without increased overt policing except in the crime scene area and in a small part of Cudahy (another Milwaukee suburb) where police
and federal agents were conducting their investigation last night.
Fourth, The second person of interest being sought by police seems to be based upon circumstantial evidence and is not directly related to the
shooting. He is believed to also be another white supremacist and former military person, has a similar tattoo to the one on the suspected shooter
and was seen at the scene taking video on a smart phone of the aftermath. He is hoped, by law enforcement sources, to possibly know the motive of the
attack. Information on him is sketchy at best and it does not seem that local police have a good idea of who he is or what his connection to the
suspected shooter was as of this morning.
Fifth, There is a sense of outrage among those in the Milwaukee punk community due to the fact that the alleged shooter fronted a Nazi Skinhead
punk/metal band. There have been calls among the general punk community to purge the Milwaukee area of what some see as a growing number of Nazi
Skins in the city, and there are rumors of upcoming fights and violence between the punks and the Nazis after the attack.
Sixth, The suspected shooter, a Wade Michael Page, has been widely reported upon by the media, but there seem to be a few inaccuracies there too.
First off it has been stated in many sources that he does not have a criminal record, yet the Oak Creek police have a mug shot of him, very much alive
and before he was shot at the scene by police. Next, for some reason the FBI leaked information the CNN and CBS last night that he was suspect
because of a "9-11 tattoo" yet looking at photos of the man, he is covered in Nazi tattoos which should be much more telling than one having to do
with 9-11. It should be noted entirely though that every media outlet and all law enforcement are not painting his military record well, he was found
to be drinking on duty and apparently there were "other infractions" which the police will not comment on yet and I haven't had time to look into
Seventh, Local reporters here have told me that the weapon found on the alleged shooter was legally purchased by Page in another Milwaukee suburb and
he was fully licensed to own it. Police will not comment on it other than that it was a 9mm. Ballistics have not yet come back on the bullets fired
in the shooting as of this morning.
Finally and most interestingly I think, People involved with the Sikh temple reported that they have noticed people watching the site for at least the
past week if not more, and pointed out that the suspected shooter was among them. However, I find it particularly interesting that they all said it
was multiple people, not just the Page.
Alright, so I am here, will be for a few days at least so if any of you have any questions I will try to get them answered to the best of my ability
when I can. It's been a long day already though and I've still got some more foot work to do, but I will be around.