The FBI has now interviewed and cleared a mystery man who was earlier today considered a "person of interest" in Sunday's Sikh temple shooting.
The unidentified man, whose face and 9/11 tattoo were previously plastered all over the Internet, has now spoken with authorities. As of 2:45 p.m., the FBI says he has been cleared of any wrongdoing and is no longer considered a "person of interest."
The shooting, which took place early Sunday morning in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, resulted in a chaotic scene in which anyone exhibiting "suspicious" behavior might have been considered a suspect. The unnamed man apparently drew suspicion because he was white, was sporting a 9/11 tattoo, and dared to show an interest in the pandemonium that had ensued around him.
Imagine the man's surprise this morning when he woke to find out he may be a suspect in the horrific shooting, which was carried out by white supremacist Wade Michael Page. The shooter killed a total of six people and wounded three others before being fatally wounded by a police officer.
The mistaken identity virus seems to have infected more than just those who mistook the tattooed white guy for yet another skinheaded racist. Some speculate that the 40-year-old Army veteran may have mistaken his victims for the Muslims who attacked the United States on September 11, 2001.
The FBI and other agencies now believe Page likely acted alone. However, they continue to investigate the senseless killing that has devastated this peace-promoting Sikh community.