Seven people are dead, and at least twenty have been injured in a shooting at an Oak Creek, Wisconsin Sikh temple. The gunman is among the dead.
Seven people were killed and at least twenty injured as a gunman took over a Sikh temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin. Many people reported having been taken hostage by the gunman.
Previous reports stated that there may have been more than one gunmen involved, but police now confirm there was only the one. Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said that four of the victims died outside the temple, while three others, including two attendees and the gunman himself, were killed outside the building. Wentlandt said the shooting suspect opened fire on an officer and the officer "put down" that man. The police officer was shot several times, but is said to have survived.
Police report that three persons have been hospitalized with gun wounds to their faces, all in critical condition. They were taken to Froederdt Hospital in Milwaukee, the main trauma center for the area.
Around a hundred people were gathered for a morning service at the Brookfield Temple, which was fortunately only partially full when the attack began, an hour before the Sunday service was scheduled to start.
The temple was holding a special children's service today, with a featured guest from India.
Amid reports of multiple people having been shot inside the temple, some attendees were able to escape, although some remained inside.
The temple's head priest, who reportedly locked himself in a restroom with a cell phone, reported the incident to police. The gunman was described as being a white male in his 30's, bald, with a stocky build.
Witnesses told the local news that energy officials shut down the building's gas supply, as a precautionary measure, and police cordoned off the street where the temple is located until the situation was resolved.
County Alderman Dan Jakupczyk told Fox News that “Since I’ve been alderman, for about three years, there has never been any trouble, or any problems. They have been good citizens."
One of the temple's committee members, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal Sentinel: "It's sad, I don't know how to describe it," Ri 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," he added.
The temple draws worshippers from as far as Chicago, St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio.