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Sikh shooter - Wade Michael Page - had Colorado connection

9:49 PM, Aug 6, 2012   |    comments
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Denver police arrested page in 1999 for drunk driving.

He was convicted of a DUI at Leetsdale Drive and South Oneida Street in. He blew a .178 according to Denver Police and court records reviewed by 9Wants to Know.

He was ordered to perform 56 hours of community service and serve 60 days in jail for that DUI. However, according to court records, his jail sentence was suspended and he completed his community service requirement by serving 18 hours.

He was also given a ticket for driving without a valid license in 1999 in Arapahoe County in Littleton. He pleaded guilty to this charge.

He also faced charges of driving when license is under restraint in El Paso County in 2000, but that charge was later dismissed.

Sources have told 9NEWS he used to live in Littleton from 2000 to 2007.

9NEWS found Wade's name listed in a Littleton High School yearbook for 1987 and twice in Arapahoe High School's yearbooks for 1989 and 1990. His last name was different at the time. He went by the name "Wade Vanbuskirk."

Littleton Schools said it's cooperating with law enforcement and referred 9NEWS to the FBI for more information.

Page is a 40-year-old Army veteran.

9Wants To Know has discovered several address in the Littleton and Denver area, the most recent was in Littleton in 2007. He has claimed in several interviews about his white supremacist rock band that he is a native of Colorado.

A woman - identifying herself as Page's grandmother - spoke to 9NEWS Reporter Anastasiya Bolton. The grandmother claimed Page sent her a dozen roses just two weeks ago.

"That's the kind of guy he was," Page's grandmother said. "I don't know what happened."

First Assistant U.S. Greg Haanstad in the U.S. Attorney's office in Milwaukee identified the shooter, who was shot and killed by police outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, as Page. The ex-Army man was reduced in rank before his discharge about 12 years ago, according to a defense official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information yet about the suspect.

The official told The Associated Press Page that Page entered the Army in 1992 and was discharged in 1998. The official said the man had been busted in rank from sergeant to specialist, but gave no reason.

When the gunfire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee ended Sunday, seven people lay dead, including the gunman, and three others were critically wounded in what police called an act of domestic terrorism.

Satpal Kaleka, wife of the temple's president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was in the front room and saw the gunman enter the temple, according to Harpreet Singh, their nephew.

"He did not speak, he just began shooting," said Singh, relaying a description of the attack from Satpal Kaleka.

Kaleka said the 6-foot-tall bald white man - who worshippers said they had never before seen at the temple - seemed like he had a purpose and knew where he was going.
Authorities have not provided further details about Page nor suggested a possible motive, including whether he specifically targeted the Sikh temple.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jace Larson? Call him at 303-871-1432 or e-mail him
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