Temple shooting co-ordinated - witness

2012-08-05 22:28

Oak Creek - A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said.

Four people were shot inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and three outside, including a gunman killed by a police officer, said Greenfield police chief Bradley Wentlandt.

"This is the best information we have, and this information may change," he told reporters outside the temple.

Smiran Kaleka, the niece of one of the wounded men, said an unknown number of gunmen walked into the kitchen of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek about 10:30 (15:30 GMT) and started shooting. She said her mother had told her the shooters were white men.

Nalissa Wienke, a spokesperson for Froedtert & Medical College Hospital, said three men had been brought in wounded and were in critical condition. One was in the operating room, she said.

The 20-year veteran officer who exchanged fire with the gunman was hit several times, Wentlandt said. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Witnesses said hostages were being held inside the temple, but police did not confirm this.

A man who said his father had been wounded in the incident reported that there had been multiple shooters of Caucasian descent, quoting people inside the temple.

"It was a very co-ordinated thing," the man, identified as Amardeep Kaleka, told police.

Police, ambulances and firefighters from Oak Creek and other localities were on the scene at the temple.

"How sick do you have to be to walk into a church and shoot it up?" said Smiran Kaleka.

  • shaheen.khan3 - 2012-08-05 22:50

    It isn't the first time that rednecks in US think Sikh's are muslims because of their beards and turban. Same thing happened last year when a lone gunman opened fire at Sikh shopkeepers believing they were muslims.I won't get surprised if this was another case where muslims were the target, but due to the incompetence of the stereotype American - they can't even kill right..

      hein.huyser - 2012-08-06 00:04

      Nothing in this article points to people hunting Muslims. Sorry to say, but the very thing you acuse the Americans of, you make yourself guilty of. In the meantime, every one wants to go to the USA but once there, they want to force their own beliefs and cultures onto their hosts.

      sissi.fletcher - 2012-08-06 01:29

      I agree 100%. Rednecks aren't just hateful, they're downright stupid.

      zaatheist - 2012-08-06 04:29

      @hein.huyser Yep, you would just love the opportunity to join your gun toting, god fearing, fundie, red neck, hill billy brethren in Louisiana.

      diran.pillay - 2012-08-06 06:12

      One of the victims was a police officer

      sudika.harkhu - 2012-08-06 06:38

      Hein Huyser you idiot, Sikhs do not force their beliefs on anyone. They live very harmoniously with everyone, and are extremely large hearted, generously and highly principled.

      Hat3d - 2012-08-06 07:20

      @hein.huyser - When was the last time you had a Sikh knock on your door or stop you in the street trying to force their beliefs on you? Only a sick person tries to makes excuses for the murders of innocent people...

      Hat3d - 2012-08-06 07:27

      And just a guess but I'd say the White Bald Headed Man with A White T-Shirt and 9/11 TATTOO on his arm taught he was shooting up a Mosque.. IDIOT!

      charlie.elford.5 - 2012-08-06 07:48

      hein, I have yet to see ANY stickers on cars stating "Real men follow Allah" "Real men follow Buddha" "Real men follow their own common sense"... should I go on? Who forces their beliefs onto whom, now?

      zwelithini.gagayi - 2012-08-06 08:36

      What if they were Muslims, does that mean they should be killed? I think there is a huge problem of racism/religious/political intolerance that needs to be sorted.

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-06 00:21


      robin.harriram - 2012-08-06 07:28

      Its pronounced Seek. It appears that Sikhs embrace Hinduism and Islam. Open to correction

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-06 10:55

      They dont embrace hinduism and/or islam. Their believe is based on some principals of both religions, but neither hinduism or islam recognise them as belonging to either faith. Be that as it may, they still have a right to practice their religion, without fear or being victimised! RIP to the departed ones! America is plagued with intolerance from religion, political, racial and towards foreigners this so at home and abroad!!! Maybe they should sort out their house first before demanding regime change elsewhere!

  • Gcodi Mahomed - 2012-08-06 06:40

    my heart goes out to the people who were affected by dis horrific incident

  • boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-06 07:03

    " How sick do you have to be to walk into a church and shoot it up?" said Smiran Kaleka. The PAC did this way back in the early 90's !

      zwelithini.gagayi - 2012-08-06 08:39

      The reasons for PAC shootings are well known, whether they right or wrong is another issue. So what were the reasons in this case.

      shaik.spear.1 - 2012-08-06 13:18

      bafoon. Your are refering to something that took place over 20yrs ago. Further more the aim at that time was to liberate a nation, one may not approve of the method used. And the loss of life was regretable! Thie point is, it wasnt that foreigners of a particular religious group was targeted purely because of their faith!!! Americans claim that they are the champions of democracy the world over, and then they kill by the dozens innocent unarmed peacefull lawabiding citizens. To avoid international embarressment to claim ''it was done by a lone gunman who is mentally desturbed'' ......yaaah right!!!!

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