SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WIS. - South Milwaukee police have arrested the former girlfriend of Wade Michael Page after an unauthorized gun was found in the home she once shared with him, authorities confirmed Tuesday.
Misty Cook, a 31-year-old waitress and nursing student with reported ties to white supremacist organizations, was taken into custody following the shootings by Page at a nearby Sikh temple that left six dead. Page, who was shot dead by police at the scene, had lived with Cook until moving to a separate residence weeks before the shootings.
Police said Cook was arrested in a joint investigation with the FBI on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Police said they would not release further details about the weapon.
Although police would not discuss Cook's criminal record, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing court records, reported that Cook was convicted in 2005 of fleeing and eluding police in Milwaukee County. She served 97 days in jail.
Cook shared Page's interest in the white-power movement and was active in two neo-Nazi organizations, according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors hate groups and had information on both Page and Cook.
Terry Page, the apartment building landlord who lives downstairs from Cook but who says he is not related to Wade Page, said police found a gun when they searched the residence on Sunday, the day of the temple shootings in Oak Creek.
Page said that Wade Page had lived with Cook and her 5-year-old son in the upstairs apartment since March 1. In the middle of June, he said, the couple broke up.
The Anti-Defamation League said that Cook had been an active member of the white-power group Volksfront in 2007-2008 and also was active in Crew 38, the women's arm of another neo-Nazi group, Hammerskin Nation, to which Page had belonged.
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