- Sep 24, 2009
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Police in Wisconsin say seven people are dead at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, including the suspected gunman.
Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt says tactical officers have been through the temple where shots were fired about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He says they found four people inside the building and three people outside.
He says one of those killed outside is the suspect, who fired on the first officer to arrive. Chief Wentlandt says that officer fired back, killing the suspect. He says the officer is now at an area hospital in surgery.
Police do not believe a second shooter was involved, contradicting reports of multiple shooters.
At least three men have been admitted to a Milwaukee-area hospital, which is ready to receive more wounded. A Froederdt Hospital spokeswoman says one of the men is in the operating room, another is in a surgical intensive care unit and the third is being evaluated in the emergency room.
One man who said he spoke to a priest at the temple suggested four people have been shot, and women and children remain in the building, apparently hiding in closets. Witnesses outside were describing the incident as a hostage situation.
At least three priests may be among those shot, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
According to the Journal Sentinel, one of the temples committee members said the motive for the shooting is unknown, but identified one shooter as a white male who is not a member of the temple, and suggested it may have been a hate crime.
Wisconsin authorities say there were called to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the suburb of Oak Creek about 10:30 a.m. Sunday with reports of shots fired.
Police and ambulances have cordoned off the area, and tactical units are on scene, while officers were dispatched to another nearby temple as a precaution.
Wow, another mass shooting? Something has to be done because this is just getting crazy.