Tattoos on the body of the slain Sikh temple gunman and certain biographical details led the FBI to treat the attack at a Milwaukee-area temple as an act of domestic terrorism, officials said Sunday.
The shootings in Oak Creek, Wis., left seven dead, including the gunman, and three critically wounded. One of the injured was a police officer who was expected to survive.
A federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media refused to say whether the gunman was thought to belong to a hate group or some other violent group because the investigation was still unfolding.
The shooting, which killed seven (including the shooter), is now believed to be the work of only one gunman, despite earlier reports suggesting otherwise. (more here)
So…when those tattoos are anti-Muslim or white supremacist in nature it’s going to be a rollicking good time in the media. Setting the over / under at 1.5 swastikas.
Apparently the shooter, a bald white man, served in the U.S. army, allegedly has a 9/11 tattoo, among others, and held white supremacist views. There are quite a number of white supremacist/neo-Nazi organizations in the Milwaukee area and the first thing I asked after hearing about the shooting was “Is the shooter a white supremacist?” The area has had a number of problems with white supremacist/neo-Nazi groups over the years.