Temple shooter bought gun at suburban shop
Gunman tied to Iowa trucking firm
MILWAUKEE — The white supremacist who authorities say went on a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple bought the gun at a suburban Milwaukee shop days before the incident.
Kevin Nugent owns The Shooters Shop in West Allis. He said Wade Michael Page bought a Springfield Armory XDM 9 mm semiautomatic pistol from the shop on July 28. Page picked it up July 30 after he cleared the usual background checks.
Page walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek on Sunday and opened fire, killing six people and wounding three more. Police killed Page in a parking lot shoot-out.
Nugent said he has viewed surveillance video of Page making the purchase and he appeared normal.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was the first to report the purchase.
Page apparently worked as a driver for an Iowa trucking company but was fired nearly two years ago.
Barr-Nunn Transportation, which is based in the central Iowa town of Granger, said “a Wade Michael Page” was employed from mid-April 2006 through Aug. 10, 2010, while he lived in North Carolina.
The company said Page was fired for violating the company policy on impaired driving, which also applies to personal vehicles on personal time.
The company said Page was dismissed after he was ticketed on Aug. 8, 2010, for driving “while subject to an impairing substance.” He was driving a personal vehicle on his own time when he was pulled over.