Mass Shooting At Sikh Temple In Oak Creek, Wisconsin Leaves Seven Dead, Others Injured

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…

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  • Commander_Chico

    Just another week in nutball America.

    • Lay better than even odds he is either nonpolitical, anarchist or just plain nutball

      • Commander_Chico

        A moron who could not even get his hatin’ right, a moron whose wife was getting fucked by a Sikh, or a moron who got fired by his Sikh boss from the convenience store.

        UPDATE: CNN and LA Times report the murderer had a “9-11” and “white supremacist” tattoos.

  • ackwired

    Right after 9-11 a local man shot and killed a sikh in his hatred for muslims. He didn’t know the difference. It will be interesting to see if this guy left behind any information that might give a clue as to his motive.

  • Such a sad situation, I am praying for the victims and their families.

  • SteveCrickmore075

    Ignorance is a powerful electoral force, if this becomes a case of misidentifing sikhs as muslims? Even Obama, never the most courageous of politicians, has refused to get visibly too close to sikhs for fear that he might be seen by the right wing as genuflecting to … muslims . IN THE FALL OF 2010, A Question of Appearances: Obama Will Bypass Sikh Temple on Visit to India”

    “Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of the temple, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple…H. S. Phoolka, a prominent Sikh lawyer in New Delhi, said he was disappointed that Mr. Obama would not visit the temple…..
    “We have worked so hard to establish in America that Sikhs have a very different identity than Muslims,” Mr. Phoolka said. “It is very unfortunate that even the White House is conveying the message that there is no difference between Muslims and Sikhs.”

    • Steve, you are reading into the NYT story something that it does not say. Nowhere does the story say that President Obama feared that he might be seen by the right wing as genuflecting to Muslims.

      On the other hand, your claim that “Ignorance is a powerful electoral force” might explain Obama’s election in 2008. :)’

      • jim_m

        Steve is desperate to find an anti-muslim link to this crime so he can vent his hatred of America.

        • SteveCrickmore075

          I suppose we will have to wait until the search of the gunman’s home. Just speculating now as others are, but most probably it certainly was a hate crime.

          • jim_m

            It may turn out that this was motivated in the way you’ve speculated, but you leap to such unsubstantiated conclusions it’s like you work for ABC news doing research for Brian Ross.

            Why not just wait for the actual truth to be revealed rather than starting your pre gloat that Americans are all bigoted monsters?

      • SteveCrickmore075

        no, but after he bowed to the Saudi prince in Saudi Arabia, you remember the hullabaloo, from the right, plus his picture in a muslim head covering in Kenya, a long time ago …just joining the dots; this is what everyone infers including the Sikh lawyer and Times reporter.

        • jim_m

          You’d be better off connecting a few neurons in your skull.

          • Sky__Captain

            Ummm, you are presuming he has some to connect.

        • 914

          “plus his picture in a muslim head covering in Kenya, a long time ago”

          Yep! That was his 6th grade graduation garb!!

  • GarandFan

    In 30 years as a cop, it never ceased to amaze me that critical incidents would occur, and victims would CALL FRIENDS and ask THEM to call police. It’s understandable if the person doesn’t speak English, but 9 times out of 10, you get on scene and there’s no language barrier.

  • 914

    May God bless them all..

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  • herddog505

    I’m very sorry that the perp is dead. It denies us the chance to execute him.

    I pray for the families, the community, and the officer who was shot defending innocent people from a villain.

  • herddog505

    I’m very sorry that the perp is dead. It denies us the chance to execute him.

    I pray for the families, the community, and the officer who was shot defending innocent people from a villain.