Deaths in US Sikh temple shooting
At least seven people killed, including the shooter, in Milwaukee temple attack, police officials say.
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2012 19:43
Seven people, including the suspected assailant, have been killed in a shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, police in the US state of Wisconsin say.
Bradley Wentlandt, the police chief of the nearby city of Greenfield, said tactical officers have been through the temple where shots were fired about 10:30am on Sunday.
He said they found the bodies of four people inside the building and three bodies outside.
Wentlandt said a police officer arrived at the temple shortly after they received a call about the incident. The officer engaged an "active shooter" and was shot multiple times, but was expected to survive.
Wentlandt said police do not believe a second shooter was involved.
Authorities were on the scene at the temple, where witnesses described a chaotic situation with an unknown number of victims, suspects and possible hostages.
There are reports that the head priest of the temple was locked inside a restroom with a cellphone and said there are as many as 30 victims in temple.
Among those who were shot was the president of the temple, the Journal Sentinel reported.
A spokesperson of the Froedtert hospital in Wisconsin said three injured people have been brought in. She said 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.
The spokeswoman did not have their identities or know why they were at the temple on Sunday morning when the shootings occurred.
Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan.