Washington: In a new twist to the Wisconsin gurdwara shooting that left six Sikhs dead, a former girlfriend of the slain gunman was today arrested after a weapon was found from her house, even as detectives remained clueless about the 'neo-nazi' shooter's motive.
The gunman Wade Michael Page's former girlfriend Misty Cook, a waitress and nursing student with reported ties to white supremacist organisations, was arrested as part of a joint investigation between the FBI and South Milwaukee Police Department "on the crime of felon in possession of a firearm."
"Charges (against her) will be sought through the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office," Milwaukee police said in a statement after the arrest of 31-year-old Cook.
A federal law enforcement official was quoted as saying by ABC News that Cook was held on the grounds that she is prohibited from having a gun as a convicted felon. She was charged in 2002 for fleeing and eluding a traffic officer.
Cook's relationship with 41-year-old Page, who was killed by police after he gunned down six Sikhs in the gurdwara on Sunday, fell apart in weeks leading up to his shooting spree.
Though police recovered a gun from Cook's residence during a search operation, law enforcement officials said that the weapon was not involved in the shooting incident. Cook had lived with Page at two separate apartments in South Miliwakee.
Federal agencies were, meanwhile, clueless of what prompted the former soldier's rampage and fear that the motive may have died with him. With Page, an army veteran, dead, the investigators warn that that the motive may never be known.
"We may end up with just a lot of facts on what he is involved with, who he may be associated with, but we may never know that motive, because he died, and that motive died with him," Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards was quoted by CNN as saying.