This is breaking news. There are very little in the way of details at this time. One police officer has been shot. Here’s the link to the live stream;
Four dead and at least twenty wounded. Women hostages have been released. Three of the victims are priests.
Update: From The AP;
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) — Authorities were on the scene Sunday of shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, where police and witnesses described a chaotic situation with an unknown number of victims, suspects and possible hostages.
Police were called to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the suburb of Oak Creek on Sunday morning, when witnesses said several dozen people were gathering for a service. They responded with a dozen ambulances, although Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said it wasn’t clear how many people had been shot.
Wentlandt also said it wasn’t clear how many suspects were involved, although one opened fire on an officer and the officer “put down” that man. Wentlandt said the officer was shot multiple times.
He described the scene as chaotic and fluid and urged the media not to broadcast photos or video showing tactical units, which could put officers in danger.
Three shooting victims, all men, were taken to Froederdt Hospital in Milwaukee, the main trauma center for the area, spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin said. One was in the operating room, another in a surgical intensive care unit and the third was being evaluated in the emergency room, she said.
Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered and told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. The priest also said women and children were hiding in closets in the temple, Nagr said.
From a briefing made by Chief of Police, Bradley Wentlandt, there are seven dead, including the shooter. The responding officer who was shot is in surgery and his condition isn’t known at this time. He presumably received several gunshot wounds in exchanging gunfire with the suspect. The suspect is presumed dead at the scene.
There were reports of a possible other gunman, but so far no corroborating evidence of that.
UpdateII: The Other McCain is on the story now.
AOSHQ has been on the story too. We’re all waiting for updates.
So far, the incident is being classified as domestic terrorism, I’d say because the shooter was a white male. If the shooter had been a Muslim, there would have been no mention of the “T” word.