Tragedy this morning near Milwaukee. From ABC News:
Seven people are dead after a mass shooting at a Sikh temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin this morning, according to police.
Two others, a civilian and a police officer, were injured and were being treated at a local hospital. At least one suspected shooter is among the dead, Greenfield, Wisc., police chief Brad Wentlandt said today.
Police are still trying to determine if there was another shooter involved in the attack, during which at least one gunman walked into the temple around 10:25 a.m. and opened fire. Wentlandt said the calls reporting different shooters may be separate reports of the same gunman.
The first police officer to arrive on scene after a flurry of 911 calls exchanged gunfire with the shooter, receiving multiple gunshot wounds in the process. He was rushed into surgery at Froedtert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee region, Wentlandt said.
“An officer arrived and engaged a suspect. That officer was shot multiple times. He is expected to survive,” said Wentlandt at a hastily-arranged briefing for news media.
The gunman, he said, “is down on the scene and is presumed deceased.”
The does not appear to be more than one shooter. The identity of the shooter has not been released, but it is said to be a white male in his mid-thirties. JSOnline reports:
One of the temple’s committee members, Ven Boba Ri, said that based on communication with people inside the temple, the shooter was a white male in his 30s.
“We have no idea,” he said of the motive. “It’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”
According to Ri, the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him.
Then he went inside and started shooting.
People inside the temple were using cell phones to call people outside, saying please send help, Ri said.
“It’s sad, I don’t know how to describe it,” said Ri, who has been fielding calls all morning from around the world, including India.
“Sikhism is such a peaceful religion. We have suffered for generations, in India and even here.”
Sikh’s are not Muslim’s so it will be interesting to see what the motives of the shooter were and if he knew that or not…