20 Casualties in the Milwaukee Sikh temple shooting

At least 20 people are feared injured in a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee in the US state of Wisconsin, according to local media reports.

Stephanie Uljanec, Oak Creek police department dispatcher, confirmed the shooting took place on Sunday morning at the gurudwara, but said she did not know how many people were shot or if there were any fatalities.

Brad Wentlandt, the Greenfield police chief, said the situation at Sikh temple was “ongoing and fluid” and urged the media not to show tactical movements of the police force at the scene.

He said a police officer arrived at the temple shortly after they received a call about the incident. The officer engaged an active shooter and was shot multiple times, but was expected to survive.

The shooter was also shot and was “still down on scene”. It was still unclear if there are multiple shooters, Wentlandt said.

A SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) police team was moving through the temple to assess the situation.

A witness who sent a text message to a local reporter of the Journal Sentinel said two alleged shooters were possibly still inside the temple, holding children as hostages.

There are also reports that the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cellphone and said there are as many as 30 victims in temple. Among those who were shot was the president of the temple, the Journal Sentinel reported.

A spokesperson of the Froedtert hospital in Wisconsin said three injured people have been brought in. She said one of the men is in the operating room, another is in a surgical intensive care unit and the third is being evaluated in the emergency room.

The spokeswoman did not have their identities or know why they were at the temple on Sunday morning when the shootings occurred.

Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan.

From Al-Jazeera


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