Skip to comments.Gunman opens fire at Sikh temple in Wisconsin; 7 dead
Posted on 08/05/2012 12:28:58 PM PDT by Red Steel
By NBC News and wire services
Updated at 2:57 p.m. ET: A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, killing at least six people and wounding a police officer before being shot to death, police said.
Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, acting as public information officer at the scene, said the shooting was reported at 10:25 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. The shooting happened shortly before Sunday services were to begin.
A police officer who is a 20-year law enforcement veteran responded to the scene and confronted a gunman outstide the temple. The officer was shot multiple times, Wendlandt said. The officer returned fire, striking and killing the gunman. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital where he was undergoing surgery.
Wendlandt said four bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected gunman, were outside.
He did not identify or describe the victims.
Earlier, at least four people 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
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.
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You’re an ass.
That happened to Balbir Singh Sodhi on 15 September 2001. He had immigrated from India in 1989. Working as a cab driver in LA and SF, he saved up enough money to buy a gas station in Mesa, AZ, where he was gunned down.
Okay. You are entitled to your opinion. What do you think happened?
Four people were killed and 10 wounded in several shootings overnight in Chicago, falling in line with a violent summer.
Three 16-year-old boys were in a garage in the East Garfield Park neighborhood Thursday afternoon when two people walked up and opened fire, according to the Chicago Tribune. Two of the injured attempted to run away but did not make it far before collapsing, police said. The third boy survived.
Hours later a garage in the South Austin neighborhood was the scene of another shooting. Two 52-year-old men were struck, one of them fatally, according to police. The wounded man shouted for someone to call police and waited on a nearby porch until help arrived, police said.
Another man, the fourth of the afternoon, was shot several times and pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital. The 31-year-old was discovered in the 11200 block of South Langley Avenue in the Pullman neighborhood.
Six more shootings left eight others wounded.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel recognized the high crime presence earlier this month when he proposed a gun control ordinance. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy this week said he is encouraged by the falling crime rates. The 49 homicides in July were six less than the previous year, McCarthy.
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Hey NBC, how many of Holder’s people shot and killed Obama’s sons, (if he had had any) in Chicago this week end?
Horrible. We have some Sikh neighbors here in Chicago. Great people and a fine family. I’d trust them with the lives of my children.
in my experience the Sikh are good people, hard working and honest. Damn shame some freaking wacko did this.
Glancing quickly through the posts at your link, we come to JayFromPA, who claims to own "double-digit" firearms while being "WELL to the left of Bernie Sanders" and "wants to get back on topic now, eh". What a freak!
If right-wing Pennsylvania gun owners are "bitter clingers", what is the accepted PC label for Jay?
“Mayor Rahm Emanuel recognized the high crime presence earlier this month when he proposed a gun control ordinance. Police Supt. Garry McCarthy this week said he is encouraged by the falling crime rates. The 49 homicides in July were six less than the previous year, McCarthy.”
He seriously said this?
Just more Chicago values being demonestrated, my FRiend. Always remmber, Chic-Fil-a’s values are not Chicago’s values as none other than His honor,Rahlm Emanuel proclaimed.
Has the lame-stream media begun to speculate whom the shooter might be: A right-wing extremist; a white Hispanic; a Romney supporter; a Republican; a Christian; a TEA Party member; an NRA member; a talk-radio junkie; or just an angry white guy.
Mass violence is commonplace at Sikh temples.
Nothing unusual here.
I think some nut snapped and fired on a bunch of innocent people. And I assume you think this is some kind of conspiracy hatched by Obama and/or his supporters. With zero evidence.
How are they linked?
Everybody knows before anybody knows. Curious.
Indian embassy in touch with US NSC on gurudwara shooting
Monday, August 6, 2012, 1:22 IST
India today said its embassy in Washington has been in touch with the US National Security Council on the tragic incident of firing inside a Gurudwara in Wisconsin that left at least seven people dead.
Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao said that an official has been deputed to rush to the site to ascertain the situation on-the-spot.
Upto seven people were killed and several others injured when at least three gunmen opened fire at the Gurudwara in Wisconsin in a coordinated attack during morning prayers.
US President Barack Obama was also briefed by his counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan on the situation and the White House is seized of the matter, US officials said.
“We have seen reports on the tragic incident earlier today of firing at a group of worshipers in a Gurudwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin,” Rao said in a statement.
“The Embassy is seized of the situation and has been in touch with the National Security Council in Washington,” she said.
Rao said the Indian Consulate General in Chicago too has been in close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation.
If there is a 3rd incident, maybe another soft target like a theater or religious site. A place that is a gun-free zone.
They are, but they are not to be messed with either. If this guy is part of a group, that group best watch it's back...Or maybe I could watch it for them, so I can applaud when a Sikh puts a knife in it.
Many are police or security here. In India they are in the military way out of proportion to their numbers especially in the officer corps.
In another story I read they said it was one shooter-so is it 1 or 3 shooters?
Oh yeah, he seriously said that. Just breathtaking.
And then there is Rahm. This violence caused by too many guns. Downstate there are many more guns, yet it is a huge story when one is used in a crime. Not the guns, the culture to blame.
Punjab CM asks US authorities to ensure sanctity of shrines
Monday, Augus 6, 2012, 1:19 IST
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today described as “deeply painful and shocking” the attack by gunmen on devotees at a Gurudwara in the US and urged the authorities there to ensure that the sanctity of religious shrines is maintained.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal is monitoring the situation in New Delhi and will take up the issue with the Union Government, an official spokesperson said here tonight.
The incident of firing in Gurdwara in Oak Creek is “deeply painful, shocking and highly condemnable”. The Chief Minister has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to intervene in the matter immediately and ask the US authorities to ensure security of devotees and the sanctity of the religious shrines all across America, the spokesman said.
The temple has a huge sign “Sikh Temple”.
The big anti religion/gay rights gang is active these days! This is not Islamic terrorism but the feds are never gonna tell us the truth.
A theory, most call it common sense or until there is evidence to prove otherwise.
No way, did Mayor Rahm thinking he was moving to Shangrila (sic). He knew crime was rampant in Chicago way before he was running for da’ mayorship.
Indeed....common sense is not so common around here sometimes.
They are ALWAYS “Gun Free” zones.
I expect the next to be a school, since that has not happened yet in this cycle.
NO, you tell me why and provide proof of your assertion.
Are you a truther too?
Was 9/11 a "false flag operation"?
“Many are police or security here. In India they are in the military way out of proportion to their numbers especially in the officer corps.”
Maybe we should purge our military of Muslims and hire a few folks from India.
Picture gallery with descriptions:
Excerpt - Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias
attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The
Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than
700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/11, which advocates
blame on anti-Islamic sentiment. Sikhs don’t practice the
same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and
turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims,
Congress letter urging U.S. Dept of Justice, FBI to start tracking hate crimes against Sikh-Americans (pdf)
April 19, 2012
From a couple of years ago:
A Question of Appearances: Obama Will Bypass Sikh Temple on Visit to India
The Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, is a popular stop for famous visitors. Sikh scriptures require that men tie a piece of cloth on their heads to enter.
Raminder Pal Singh/European Pressphoto Agency
By Lydia Polgreen
The New York Times
October 19, 2010
New Delhi The Golden Temple, a sprawling and serene complex of gleaming gold and polished marble that is the spiritual center of the Sikh religion, is one of Indias most popular tourist attractions. Revered by Indians of all faiths, it is a cherished emblem of Indias religious diversity. So it was no surprise when the gold-plated marvel was promoted as the likely third stop on President Obamas visit to India, scheduled for early November.
But the United States has ruled out a Golden Temple visit, according to an American official involved in planning. Temple officials said that American advance teams had gone to Amritsar, the holy city that is the site of the temple, to discuss a possible visit. But the plan appears to have foundered on the thorny question of how Mr. Obama would cover his head, as Sikh tradition requires, while visiting the temple.
To come to golden temple he needs to cover his head, said Dalmegh Singh, secretary of the committee that runs the temple. That is our tradition.
Mr. Obama, a Christian, has struggled to fend off persistent rumors that he is a Muslim, and Sikhs in the United States have often been mistaken for Muslims. Sikhism, which arose in the Punjab region in the 15th century, includes elements of Hinduism and Islam but forms a wholly distinct faith. Since Sept. 11, 2001, Sikhs in the United States have been occasional targets of anti-Muslim discrimination and violence a Sikh was killed in Arizona a few days after the attack on the World Trade Center by a man who mistook him for a Muslim.
Afaik, Sikhs rock.
[Temple] Shooting Gunman White Male With 9-11 Tatoo CNN
By Zennie Abraham
Published on August 5, 2012
Im watching CNN where a man just interviewed, and whos
name is Manwari Kalika (spelling check needed) said that
the gunman who opened fire and shot 20 people, killing
seven (including a police officer), and causing three
people to be in critical condition was a white male, just
over six-feet tall, and with a 9-11 tatoo.
That tatoo tells is a lot about what this nutcases
motive may have been: he thought he was shooting in a
Muslim temple, and was in an Indian Sikh temple. First,
whoever the gunman is, hes a racist, murderous mentally-
ill idiot. Second, hes just plain dumb, on top of being
(third) a sick bastard.
Also, the bodies have not been removed from the temple as
of this writing. The gunman went right into the prayer
room, and then opened fire. The President of the temple
tried to tackle the gunman, and got shot in the back.
Even if true, ABC and Brian Ross have released secured information that may hamper the investigation.
Looks like a warning regarding messing with Sikhs, to me.
Excerpt - Contrary to multiple panicked reports from the
scene, officials say they believe there was only one
------------------------------------ Unfortunately, this is a possibility.
Pray without ceasing for Peace.
Perhaps NumbNutz confused Sikhs with Muslims.
Just because Sikh’s wear turbans does not mean they are Muslims. Sikhs are good people, but Islam’s adherents are just dangerous.
Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting ping
FReep Mail me if you want on, or off, this Wisconsin interest ping.
School is not in session yet, in much of the country.
Colleges are unlikely, they don't capture the public psyche like smaller victims.
That sounds cold, but the calculus of terrorist acts is a cold math, indeed.
If the objective of these acts (provided they are in any way connected) is more gun control, the victims which will cause the greatest outpouring of emotion will be the target.
Dear Lord Jesus, keep the children safe.
I would fear to list the likely locations full of kids.
Too many “Gun Free” venues available for these wacko’s to attack.
Leftist methodology is to first bombard the vulnerable (meaning people who think like young girls) with sad stories. so to mainly plant the idea of the left’s moral superiority amongst the masses, then behind them come the intimidators who include violence in their repetoire. The Left today is Jim Jones’ cult writ large.