Incident Summary:

08/05/2012: Wade Michael Page attacked a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, United States. At least six people were killed and four others wounded before Page was shot by a responding police officer and subsequently died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, the assailant was 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 numbers conflict for this attack.
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.