As Reuters reports
, at least one gunman opened fire and may still be on the loose inside the temple, possibly holding hostages.
According to witnesses, there may be more gunmen on the loose, maybe two of four, TMJ4
Police, ambulances, and the fire department are on the scene, Reuters
Police officials have declined to comment on the shooting, but the dispatcher for Oak Creek Fire Department confirmed the shooting.
"We do have a shooting," she said. "Our whole department is out there, and others as well."
While at least 4 victims have been confirmed, witnesses have said that there are as many as 20-30 victims, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A text message sent to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter shortly before noon local time said there were 2 shooters and children had possibly been taken as hostages.
At least two victims managed to escape, and are now being treated at Froedtert hospital, CNN
One is in the intensive care unit and is in the operating room. Both are in critical condition.
Police have reportedly sealed off the entire area. One suspect and one officer have reportedly been shot, but a second shooter may still be inside the building. According to CNN
, the officer is expected to survive, but police chief Brad Wentlandt said the suspect was "put down."
A member of the temple's congregation told the Oak Creek Patch
that the priest called police from inside the temple saying "Send ambulances! Send ambulances!"
Another member of the temple described the shooting as a "hate crime."
A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
that the shooter was a white male in his 30s.
The number of both victims and police officers has not yet been confirmed.