Police Arrest Temple Gunman's Ex-Girlfriend

The 31-year-old woman faces illegal gun charge

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012  |  Updated 9:04 AM CDT
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7 Killed in Sikh Temple Shooting Near Milwaukee

Seven people were killed and several others were wounded, including a police officer, during a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis., a southern suburb of Milwaukee. NBC 5 Christian Farr reports more from the scene.
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Police arrested the ex-girlfriend of the man who killed six people and critically injuring three others at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Misty Cook, 31, was taken into custody after police said an illegal gun was found in the home she at one point shared with gunman Wade Michael Page, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Cook, a nursing student who works as a waitress, has ties to white supremacist organizations, the Tribune reports. Criminal charges are expected.

A neighbor told the Tribune Page had lived with Cook and her 5-year-old autistic son since March 1 but was seen moving his things out in the middle of June. Cook left the apartment a couple days ago, the neighbor said.

Page was identified Monday by authorities as the sole shooter in Sunday's rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis.

Authorities said the 40-year-old former Army sergeant entered the gurdwara armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun and killed five men and one woman and wounded another four people, including a police officer he shot multiple times.

Vigils were held at temples throughout the area Monday night to remember the victims and make sense of the tragedy. At an event in Brookfield, in west suburban Milwaukee, Gov. Scott Walker and his wife sat among the faithful.

A visitation for the six victims will be held Friday night in the Oak Creek High School gymnasium.

Page's family on Monday issued a statement of compassion and solidarity. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and their families," the family statement read, in part. "We share in their grief for all who lost their lives that day."

The motive behind the shootings remains unclear.

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