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Forum Post: Several People Reported Shot at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin

Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 5, 2012, 3:14 p.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Several people reported shot at Sikh temple in Wisconsin


By NBC News

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Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET: At least four people were shot Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, local media reported. Witnesses told NBC station WTMJ of Milwaukee that at least one gunman opened fire inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. The shooting happened shortly after 10 a.m., about 90 minutes before Sunday services were to begin.

At least four victims were seen covered on the ground outside the temple. The temple's president was among those shot, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported.

Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, said he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered, The Associated Press reported. Nagr said the priest told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests. Nagr said the priest also said women and children were hiding in closets at the temple.

A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter was a white male in his 30s.

"We have no idea," he said of the motive. "It's pretty much a hate crime. It's not an insider."

Ri told the Journal-Sentinel the gunman walked up to a priest who was standing outside the temple and shot him. Then he went inside and started shooting.

Two victims were treated at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. More than a dozen ambulances responded to the scene. Oak Creek police, the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies responded, the Journal-Sentinel reported.

Authorities closed roads and set up a staging area near the temple, WTMJ reported.


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