Sunday, August 5, 2012

BREAKING NEWS - Shooting at Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI

Police and fire departments were responding Sunday to an evolving incident in Oak Creek, Wis., south of Milwaukee, where at least four people were shot at the Sikh Temple, according to theMilwaukee Journal-Sentinel and other news organizations.
Update at 2:28 p.m. ET:
The four shot include a police officer, who is expected to survive, and the shooter, police have told TMJ4 in Milwaukee.
Members of the p0lice SWAT team have begun removing the injured from the temple's prayer room, the Journal-Sentinelreports. Among those shot was Satwant Kaleka, president of the temple, Greenfield, Wis., Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt told the news organization.
Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee issued a release at 12:40 p.m. local time indicating that the facility was treating three patients with gunshot wounds. All are male and all are critical, according to the Froedtert statement. One was in surgery, according to the hospital.
By Mike De Sisti, Mikwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Original posts by Natalie DiBlasio, USA TODAY:
At least two people have been wounded in a shooting incident at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., just south of Milwaukee, local police said today.
In a brief press conference at the scene, Oak Creek police said at least one officer was shot multiple times but was "expected to survive." Police said one suspect was shot and is down. It was not clear how many other people were wounded or if there are other suspects, police said.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that a SWAT team went into the building and brought out an undetermined number of injured people. AP says there are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and that police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple.
Sikhism is a religion founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev in the Punjab region of what is now Pakistan. It is among the largest organized religions in the world, with more than 20 million Sikhs worldwide.
People inside the temple are using cell phones to call people outside, asking for help, says temple committee member Ven Boba Ri who is outside of the temple, the Journal-Sentinelreports.
Update at 2:16 p.m.: Lee Biblo, chief medical officer at Froedtert Hospital, tells CNN that the injured are all adults, all male and all in critical condition.
Update at 1:59 p.m. ET: The police cannot give a victim count or a suspect count.
A police officer on the scene says that one officer was shot multiple times and one suspect was shot and is down. A police officer will give another update at 1:30 CT.
Update at 1:51 p.m. ET: Sukhwindar Nagr says he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered, telling him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests.
Nagr says the priest also said women and children were hiding in closets at the temple.
Update at 1:38 p.m. ET: There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple, AP reports.
Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: Two men have been admitted to Froedtert hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. One is in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit; the other has been sent to an operating room, CNN reports.
Update at 1:23 p.m. ET: Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, says a call came in at 10:26 a.m. CT. She says officers are at the scene but she has no other information to report, AP reports.
Update at 1:13 p.m. ET: Two shooters are possibly still inside with children as hostages, according to someone who sent a text message to a Journal Sentinel reporter, the Journal-Sentinel reports.
CNN is reporting that the shooter is at large.
Update at 1:07 p.m. ET: Reports of 20 to 30 shot at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, possible hostages, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.
There are reports that the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cell phone and said there were as many as 30 victims in temple, the Journal-Sentinel reports.
As of about noon, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office said it had not been called to the scene.
Meanwhile, Brookfield police officers were dispatched to the Sikh Temple at 3675 N. Calhoun Road as a precaution in the aftermath of the Oak Creek shooting.
At least three squads were at the temple in Waukesha County.
Original post: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinelis reporting that multiple people, an undetermined number between 8 and 20, have been injured in a shooting incident at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., just south of Milwaukee.
The shooting took place around 11 a.m. local time at the Sikh Temple, 7512 S. Howell Ave., in Oak Creek.
Oak Creek police, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies have responded.

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