Multiple police departments are responding to a church shooting in Milwaukee County that injured at least four people and killed seven.
According to WISN Channel 12 News, a man walked into Sikh Temple, 7512 South Howell Avenue in Oak Creek, and started shooting around 10:20 AM Sunday.
Police gave a short briefing at 1 PM, saying that the initial responding officer was confronted by a gunman when he arrived. The officer was shot multiple times, but is expected to recover.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said the temple shooting is being treated as a “domestic-type terrorist incident,” and that the FBI is handling the criminal investigation.
Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentland said a gunman was struck by police fire and at this time is believed to be one of the dead outside the temple.
Froedtert Hospital says 3 victims are critical condition. They are prepared for more possible victims in “mass casualty incident.”
The Amabassador of India to the United States, Nirupama Menon Rao, posted on Twitter, “Our hearts bleed for precious & innocent lives lost in Oak Creek. This is a very tragic time for our community. We must maintain calm.”
Governor Scott Walker issued a statement Sunday afternoon, saying “While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.
There are roughly 500,000 Sikhs in the United States, according to estimates. The majority worldwide live in India.