Report: Sikh Temple Gunman’s Girlfriend Arrested, Facing Charges
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OAK CREEK, Wis. (CBS) — Published reports say the girlfriend of the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee has now been arrested.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bob Conway reports, a Chicago Tribune report Tuesday said Misty Cook, 31, a who is said to be the former girlfriend of Oak Creek, Wis., Sikh gurdwara gunman Wade Michael Page, is under suspicion of being a felon in possession of a gun.
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The weapon was found during an FBI search of the apartment the two had shared with Cook’s 5-year-old autistic son, the Tribune reported.
Criminal charges are being sought against Cook, who was arrested in South Milwaukee, Wis., the Tribune reported.
Cook is a waitress and nursing student with ties to white supremacist groups. She and Page reportedly lived together until Page moved out a few weeks ago, the Tribune reported.
The Anti-Defamation League is quoted by the Tribune as saying that Cook was active in at least two neo-Nazi groups. She appears in a photo with the Tribune story wearing a T-shirt advertising Volksfront, a white supremacist group that seeks to set up an autonomous, whites-only living space in the Pacific Northwest.
Cook’s landlord, Terry Page, is quoted by the newspaper as saying Cook told him she hadn’t been in touch with Wade Page for six weeks, and had no idea of what he had been involved in. Terry Page is not related to Wade Page.
This past Sunday, Wade Page opened fire on worshipers at the gurdwara with a 9mm handgun, without saying a word.
Six of his victims died, and three others were critically wounded, including a police officer who responded to the shooting.
Wade Page also had connections to white supremacist groups. He headed what’s being called a white-power band called “End Apathy,” and, in 2005, Page gave an interview to the white supremacist record company Label56, in which he described his band as being inspired by “trying to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back.”