Breaking: Shooting at Wisconsin Sikh Temple Leaves 7 Dead, Multiple Wounded
At approximately 10:30am ct on Sunday morning, 911 dispatch began to receive calls regarding a shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin near Milwaukee.
Not much is known at this time, but what we have been told by officials is that police arrived on the scene and one officer attending to a wounded victim was ambushed by the shooter. Another officer engaged the shooter and “took him down.” The shooter is presumed dead.
adipex diet pills no prescriptionThe most recent information is that 7 people were killed in the rampage and 3 were wounded, including one police officer.
The shooter has not been identified but initial reports were that he was a balding Caucasian man, and that he may not have been acting alone. Police won’t comment on the shooter’s identity, but they say that the reports of multiple shooters are likely erroneous and they believe that the act of senseless violence was carried out by one person.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said in a press briefing that they are regarding the shooting as “a domestic terror-type incident,” and said that the FBI will be taking over the criminal investigation.
The temple was set to have a larger worship service and a group meal later in the morning where hundreds of members were likely to be in attendance. It is believed that there was a much smaller number of people in the temple at the time of the shooting, including women and children who were on the scene to prepare the meal. Edwards stated that the swift actions of the local law enforcement, “stopped this from being worse than it could have been” had the incident been allowed to continue after more people began to arrive for worship.
Although no motive has been given for the crime, the Sikh community has often found itself in the crosshairs of discrimination as a matter of mistaken identity with Muslims. Sikh men wear long beard and turbans. Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago. It has roughly 27 million followers worldwide. There are roughly 500,000 Sikhs in the U.S., according to estimates. The majority worldwide live in India.
President Obama released a statement regarding the shootings, saying:
“Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.”
Republican presidential hopeful also released the following statement:
“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.”
A press conference is expected for 10:00 am tomorrow morning with more details.