Incident Summary:

08/05/2012: An assailant opened fire on a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States. At least seven people were killed and three other people were injured before the assailant was shot by a responding police officer and subsequently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources identifed the assailant, Wade Michael Page, as a member of a white supremacist organization.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Oak Creek

Location Details:
The incident occurred 15km south of Milwaukee

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Sikh Temple of Wisconsin
Specific Description Sikh Temple
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information Casualty number conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the most recent reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 7 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 7
Number of U.S. Fatalities 6
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 4
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"3 shot at temple remain in critical condition," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, August 6, 2012.
"(adding fresh inputs about the shooter's identity)," Press Trust of India, August 6, 2012.
"Sikh temple shooter had white supremacist ties: FBI," Agence France Presse, August 6, 2012.