Questions as to whether there were multiple shooters involved in the Sikh temple massacre are likely to remain unanswered given the fact that surveillance cameras covering the property were turned off at the time of the incident.
According to NPR’s Dina Temple-Raston, who spoke with FBI Special Agent Teresa Carlson, “There was no video in the temple itself. Apparently, their surveillance camera wasn’t on.”
Why the camera was turned off during what one would expect to be the temple’s busiest time, a religious service on a Sunday, has not been explained.
The absence of video footage of the event makes it impossible to corroborate multiple eyewitness accounts attesting to the fact that more than one individual carried out the shootings.
Speaking with the Associated Press, an eyewitness stated, “Between ten and ten-thirty, four white males who were dressed darkly, dressed in all black clothing, came in and opened fire on our congregation.”
Temple member Amardeep Kaleka, whose mother and father were injured victims in the shooting, also told WISN that his parents said there were “multiple shooters, multiple people” and that the attack was “very well coordinated.”
Kaleka added that his father saw “multiple shooters of caucasian descent.”
An ITN News report also quoted the niece of one of the temple members who said, “An unknown number of gunmen had walked into the kitchen of the Sikh temple and opened fire.”
Another man at the scene told Sky News, “I think they had multiple shooters.”
In addition, the Chairman of the temple stated that the day before the attack there were a “few suspicious men seen on Temple premises,” again clearly suggesting the involvement of more than one person
Although speculation has centered around alleged shooter Wade Michael Page’s ties to white supremacists, a definitive motive for the massacre has yet to be established. After initially claiming Page was killed by a police officer, authorities now assert that he shot himself in the head.
Page’s racist views were likely developed during his stint in the Army at Fort Bragg between 1992 to 1998, during which time he was a member of the psychological operations unit.