Four people have apparently been shot at a Sikh temple outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gunman opened fire during worship. There are few details as of this moment. Reports are that the gunman is still at large, and it is not clear if there is a hostage situation going on or what the motives were.
Some reports are saying that as many as thirty people may have been shot.
Sikhism, as a religion, originates out of India, and male worshipers are often marked by the wearing of turbans and beards.
There are apparently people still inside the building. There appear to have been more than one shooter, and the hostages may have been mostly children. Among those shot were priests. According to Sukhwindar Nagr, who called his brother-in-law, his brother-in-law was shot along with three priests. One of the priests at the temple answered the phone. Roughly 400 to 500 people attended the temple. The shooter may have been shot multiple times outside the temple.
Three of those shot are in critical condition, as per reports.
Amardeep Kaleka told reporters that “Post-9/11, a lot of Sikhs were attacked because we wear turbans and we have long beards and Afghanis look like us, and we look like Afghanis. Post-9/11, multiple were murdered. Murdered in New York, murdered in Phoenix, and there have been plenty of documentary films on that. The threat is always there. We know that threat, but we’re a very peaceful community… Today was very, very much out of the blue.”
Kaleka also stated that there appeared to be multiple shooters during the attack.
One officer who arrived on the scene was shot multiple times by the shooter. He is expected to survive.
Seven people have been confirmed dead in the shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. This number includes the shooter who appears to have been shot by a police officer who was, himself, shot and wounded. There is no sign of any other shooters, but the attack appears to have been well timed and coordinated.
While there are some 500 people who are members of the congregation at the temple, it is believed only about 100 were there at the time.