#TEMPLESHOOTING: Seven Dead, Including Gunman and Police Officer Wounded, in Sikh Temple Shooting in Oak Creek WI

NEWSFLASH #TEMPLESHOOTING:  More weekend gun violence as four people are shot, the gunman killed, 30 injured at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wisc., Sunday.  A SWAT team entered the building, located at 7512 S. Howell Avenue, before noon and started removing uninjured people. An explosion was heard coming from the building. The first police officer  on the scene encountered the gunman and was shot multiple times, but is expected to survive, the Journal Sentinel reports.

Sikh temple shooting:  Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said it wasn’t clear how many people had been shot. Wentlandt also said it wasn’t clear how many suspects were involved, although one opened fire on an officer and the officer “put down” that man. Wentlandt said the officer was shot multiple times.

Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered and told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. The priest also said women and children were hiding in closets in the temple, Nagr said. Source: AJC

Among those who were shot was the president of the temple, Satwant Kaleka, who was taken to a hospital. Deepinder Dhaliwal said Kaleka, his brother in law, was shot in the back, but has now been taken to a hospital in St. Francis. Dhaliwal said his sister, the president’s wife, called him while hiding inside the building with a few other women.

Darshan Dhaliwal, who identified himself as a leader at the temple, said between 20 and 25 women who were cooking a lunch in the basement for after the service and between five to 10 children had been able to leave the temple at about 1 p.m. Dhaliwal said they heard the gunshots and hid in closets for more than an hour before escaping. Dhaliwal said the temple had not been the subject of any threats or graffiti recently. “This is insanity,” he said. Source:  Journal Sentinel

UPDATE#1 (08/05/12):  620 WTMJ reports that police have now said at least seven people are dead, including a shooter, during a massacre at the Sikh temple. The police officer who was shot by the gunman was in surgery at Froedtert Hospital.

UPDATE#2 (08/05/12):  Gunman in Sikh Temple shooting said to be a white male in his 30s.

UPDATE#3 (08/05/12):  President Obama issues statement:  …’we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.’

Mitt Romney issues statement:  ‘Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community.’

Authorities are treating the shooting at a Sikh temple as a “domestic terrorist-type incident,” police chief says. on.cnn.com/OCKoL7



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