Update: Here is confirmation from South Milwaukee Police Chief Ann Wellens: “On Sunday, August 5th officers from SMPD assisted the FBI at 1422 Marquette Avenue interviewing Wade Page’s ex-girlfriend: Misty Cook. SMPD officers arrested (booked & released) Misty Cook for the offense of Felon in Possession of a Firearm (not related to the federal investigation). She will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office for charges.”
We now know that the Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting suspect called South Milwaukee home for some time before his recent move to Cudahy — and Sunday’s massacre.
Wade Michael Page apparently lived with his South Milwaukee girlfriend locally, until they recently broke up. Tuesday, she was arrested for being a felon allegedly in possession of a firearm.
Check out the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the arrest — and Misty Cook’s disturbing connections to a white power group — here. The story also contains more details on Page’s presence in South Milwaukee. From it:
The first record of Page living in the area was at an apartment he shared with Cook in the 700 block of Minnesota Ave. in South Milwaukee in November 2011.
Cook worked at a restaurant about a block away from the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek where Page shot 10 people, killing six, on Sunday. He was fatally shot by police.
Page and Cook broke up in June and she had no role in the rampage, authorities said.
After the breakup, Cook continued to live in an apartment she and Page had rented together in February in the 1400 block of Marquette Ave. in South Milwaukee. He moved to Cudahy. Authorities searched both of those places, as well as the couple’s previous apartment on Minnesota Ave.
At the Marquette Ave. location, they found a gun. Cook was arrested late Tuesday on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, South Milwaukee police said. The Milwaukee County district attorney’s office will review the case.
Cook cannot legally possess a gun because she has a previous felony conviction.