Details still emerging after Sikh temple shooting [Updated]

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Following yesterday’s shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, there will be a press briefing with law enforcement officials in about three hours, which will presumably shed additional light on the tragic violence. Additional details, however, emerged overnight.

The specific identity of the gunman, who was shot and killed by a police officer during the incident, has not yet been released. We also do not yet know what motivated him to act – though the local police chief told reporters yesterday that the matter is being treated as “a domestic-type terrorist incident,” FBI representatives later backed away from that categorization, saying they were still investigating motive.

A rough sketch of the assailant came together overnight.

A law enforcement official told NBC News the gunman was dressed in a white T-shirt and black tactical-style pants, which had several pockets for holding ammunition magazines. He was armed with a single handgun, the official said. His name was not released but police say they have a tentative ID and were searching his home. […]

Officials told NBC News the suspect, who served in the U.S. Army, had many tattoos. The suspect had some kind of radical or white supremacist views but, as far as officials said they had heard, he was not in any kind of radical organization. His previous run-ins with law enforcement involved traffic offenses, they said.

The names of the six victims have not yet been made public, but as of this morning, the death toll has not increased. There were three other men shot inside the Sikh temple, as well as a police officer who was ambushed by the gunman when he tended to a victim, and all remain in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Update: NBC News’ Pete WIlliams reports this morning that the gunman has been identified as Wade Michael Page, age 40. Authorities told Williams that Page purchased the pistol he used in the shooting within the past 10 days near his home.

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Details still emerging after Sikh temple shooting [Updated]

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