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.
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