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Sikh temple shooting video released

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By USA TODAY

Police have released dramatic videocam footage of officers responding to a shooting rampage Aug. 5 at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., the Journal Sentinel reports.

The riveting footage -- from two different squad cars -- shows the officers arriving, the gunman running loose and firing on police. The video captures the sound of gunfire and the intense communications between police and dispatcher.

The 40-year-old gunman, Wade Michael Page, was shot in the abdomen by officer Sam Lenda, the second officer on the scene, who felled him with a rifle shot from 60 yards away. Page then turned the gun on himself.

Page, who had ties to white supremacist groups, shot and killed six worshipers at the temple and injured four others. One of the wounded remains hospitalized.

Lt. Brian Murphy, the first officer to respond to the scene, was hit 15 times, including one shot to the throat that threw him to the ground. He remains hospitalized.

"There is no question in my mind that Murphy's intervention prevented Page from continuing this rampage by getting to his car and taking it to a different location," says Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, the Journal Sentinel reports. "The time he spent that allowed officer Lenda to arrive on scene is probably the difference between other people being killed."

USA TODAY

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