A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said.
Obama was informed of Shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin
US President Barack Obama was informed of the deadly shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, on Sunday, a White House official said.
John Brennan, Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, notified him of the shooting and the president was continuing to receive updates on the incident in suburban Milwaukee, the official said.
At least seven people were dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, local police and hospital officials said.
New details of shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple
Four people were shot inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and three outside, including a gunman killed by a police officer, said Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt.
“This is the best information we have, and this information may change,” he told reporters outside the temple.
Smiran Kaleka, the niece of one of the wounded men, said an unknown number of gunmen walked into the kitchen of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek about 10:30 a.m. CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) and started shooting. She said her mother had told her the shooters were white men.
Nalissa Wienke, a spokeswoman for Froedtert & Medical College Hospital, said three men had been brought in wounded and were in critical condition. One was in the operating room, she said.
The 20-year veteran officer who exchanged fire with the gunman was hit several times, Wentlandt said. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.
Witnesses said hostages were being held inside the temple but police did not confirm this.
A man who said his father had been wounded in the incident reported that there had been multiple shooters of Caucasian descent, quoting people inside the temple. “It was a very coordinated thing,” the man, identified as Amardeep Kaleka, told police.
Police, ambulances and firefighters from Oak Creek and other localities were on the scene at the temple.
“How sick do you have to be to walk into a church and shoot it up?” said Smiran Kaleka.
At least seven killed in shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin
A shooting at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee left at least seven people dead on Sunday, police said.
Four people were shot inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and three outside, including a gunman killed by police, Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wendtlandt told reporters.
Police were still uncertain if there were other shooters in the temple.
An officer had been shot multiple times but was expected to survive, said Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentland.
Chief Wentland said one suspect had been shot, but more gunmen might still be on the loose inside the temple.
“This is an ongoing and very fluid situation,” he said.
Chief Wentland said that an “unintelligible” call had been made to the 911 emergency services number at about 10:25 local time (15:25 GMT).
He said a police officer had been sent to the scene and had “engaged an active shooter,” during which he had been shot multiple times.
But he said he had “no victim or suspect count.”
Police have corralled journalists outside the temple and urged them not to broadcast aerial footage that could compromise the operation.
Oak Creek is a town of about 30,000 people in the south-east corner of the state.