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Sikh Temple Shooting: Fatalities In Oak Creek, Wisconsin Attack (PICTURES)

05/08/2012 21:29 | Updated 05 August 2012

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At least six worshippers have been shot dead after a gunman opened fire on a congregation in a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Witnesses said several dozen people had been gathering for a service when the attack unfolded at around 10am local time.

Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said the first officer to arrive encountered a man police believe was the shooter. The two exchanged gunfire, and the suspect was killed, he said.

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A man wipes away a tear at the scene of the shooting

Mr Wentlandt said police do not believe a second shooter was involved. He said tactical units went through the temple. They found four people dead inside and three outside the building, including the suspected shooter, he said.

It's unclear how many others were wounded. Mr Wentlandt said he had been told the officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect and another person had been taken to hospitals. He said the officer was shot multiple times and is in surgery.

The spokeswoman for the area trauma center said three victims were being treated there, including one in surgery.

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.

Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the US since then, 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, advocates say.

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith that was founded in South Asia more than 500 years ago. It has roughly 27 million followers worldwide.

Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often cover their heads with turbans - which are considered sacred - and refrain from shaving their beards.

Photos from the scene:

Wisconsin Shooting

08/07/2012 6:16 AM EDT

Gun Used In Wisconsin Shooting Popular In Mass Attacks

Wisconsin shooter Wade Michael Page used a Springfield 9mm semiautomatic handgun to carry out the attack at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Reuters reported. According to gun experts, the semiautomatic handgun is the same type used in other recent U.S. mass shootings, including one at a theater in Colorado and the attack on a congresswoman in Arizona.

Full story here.

08/07/2012 12:36 AM EDT

Lawmaker Urges FBI To Count Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has for months been advocating that the FBI collect data on hate crimes against Sikh Americans. Sunday's tragedy in Wisconsin, in which six people were killed at a Sikh temple, underscores his push.

"This is not the first time that Sikhs have been attacked," Crowley, whose New York City district includes parts of Queens and the Bronx, told The Huffington Post in an interview on Monday. "Unfortunately it's been growing consistently, on an ongoing basis. That's what my concern has been."

Full story here.

08/06/2012 8:44 PM EDT

Feds 'Looked At' Gunman On Multiple Occasions Prior To Shooting

Wade Michael Page was the subject of federal attention more than once prior to Sunday's deadly shooting, according to the Los Angeles Times:

Federal investigators had “looked at” Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page more than once because of his associations with right-wing extremists and the possibility that he was providing funding to a domestic terrorist group, but law enforcement officials at the time determined there was not enough evidence of a crime to open an investigation, a senior U.S. law enforcement official said.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 7:03 PM EDT

Obama: America Needs "Soul Searching" On Gun Violence

Reuters reports:

President Barack Obama said on Monday that mass killings like the weekend shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin were happening with "too much regularity" and should prompt soul searching by all Americans on ways to reduce gun violence.

"All of us are heart-broken by what happened," Obama told reporters at the White House a day after a gunman opened fire on Sikh worshippers preparing for religious services, killing six before he was shot dead by a police officer.

Asked whether he would push for more gun-control measures in the wake of the shootings, Obama said he wanted to bring together leaders at all levels of American society to examine ways to curb gun violence.

That echoed his pledge last month in a speech in New Orleans to work broadly to "arrive at a consensus" on the contentious issue after a deadly Colorado shooting spree highlighted the issue in an election year. But like his earlier comments, Obama offered no timetable or specifics for such discussions.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 6:24 PM EDT

Band Spotlights Skinhead Hate Music

Via HuffPost Entertainment:

The connections between mass media and mass murder are often tenuous -- commentators were reluctant, for example, to indict the "Dark Knight" movie trilogy for the horrific shootings at Aurora, Colo., three weeks ago.

But it's harder to dismiss the revelation that Wade Michael Page, the man shot to death by police after a shooting spree that killed six worshipers in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin on Sunday, belonged to a hardcore skinhead band called End Apathy.

Why? Because according to TJ Lindley, who was an active skinhead for 15 years before defecting and writing a book about his experiences, bands like End Apathy often have direct connections with the white supremacy movement.

"If you're in a white supremacy band, you are extremely active. You do not get involved in a band and doing stuff like that unless you are completely 100-percent dedicated to the movement," Lindley said.

Read more here.

08/06/2012 6:20 PM EDT

Shooting Suspect's White Power Past

Alleged Sikh temple shooter Wade Michael Page joined a skinhead group in 2011 and played in bands with violent lyrics. The Daily Beast's Eliza Shapiro explains why he’s been on the Anti-Defamation League’s radar.

08/06/2012 6:09 PM EDT

A Final Act Of Heroism

Oak Creek (Wis.) Patch reports:

Satwant Singh Kaleka’s final action at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was one of heroism.

When Wade Michael Page, the suspected gunman in Sunday’s tragic shooting, opened fire, the 65-year-old temple president rushed to stop him — possibly preventing more deaths.

“He was trying his best to give time for people to get to security,” said his son, Amardeep Kaleka, during a news conference at the Salvation Army in Oak Creek Monday.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 5:50 PM EDT

How You Can Help

Funds are starting to be set up for victims and families affected by Sunday's tragic shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Head over to HuffPost Impact for a roundup of ways you can help.

08/06/2012 5:38 PM EDT

Obama Orders Flags At Half Staff In Wisconsin

Via HuffPost Politics:

President Barack Obama ordered flags at all U.S. government facilities both at home and abroad to be flown at half-staff Monday, a response to a mass-shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin over the weekend.

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on August 5, 2012, in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, August 10, 2012," Obama wrote in the proclamation.

Full story here.

08/06/2012 5:18 PM EDT

Former Army Psychiatrist Addresses Whether Suspect May Have Had PTSD

Dr. Harry Croft, a former Army psychiatrist who has evaluated more than 7,000 PTSD patients, delivered an emailed statement to The Huffington Post on this possibility:

"People need to be cautious and not jump to conclusions that this was another soldier suffering from PTSD or another mental condition. It’s quite possible his military background played no part in this, because it would appear that if he served from 92-98, he would have not been deployed in Desert Storm, Iraq or Afghanistan - and it’s extremely unlikely for a veteran suffering PTSD or other mental condition would commit such a heinous act."

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At 4:45pm I received a call from President Obama offering his condolences to our City. His words were comforting on a very difficult day.

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Photos from Cudahy, where police still surrounding neighborhood of suspected gunman. http://t.co/lR7Y5DKh http://t.co/RRLshhxP

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From Greendale Patch:

As authorities searched a home in Cudahy Sunday evening believed to be the residence of the man who shot and killed six people at an Oak Creek Sikh temple, a woman whose son owns that home shed some light on the shooter.

The mother of the suspect’s landlord told Patch Sunday she believed the man had “just broken up with his girlfriend.”

“He’s a renter,” said the woman, whom Patch is not identifying. “He’s new actually. He rented a room with my son.”

The woman said she is “completely freaked out” and that she believes her son found the man as a renter for his home in the 3700 block of E. Holmes Avenue “through an ad.”

“He lived with my son for three weeks, then the house across the street became empty, and he moved there,” she said.

Read more here.

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From Greendale Patch:

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Press release from Rajan Zed, the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism:

Hindus stand in solidarity with Sikhs in wake of Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting.

Hindus have condemned the mass shooting at Sikh Temple of Wisconsin (USA) on August five and offered condolences to the victims.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said: Our hearts go out to the victims and their families and the community is deeply saddened at this tragedy.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, urged Hindus worldwide to join him in prayers for the victims and their families at this difficult and challenging time and urged Hindu temples to hold special prayer sessions for the victims and their families. It was a senseless and shocking violence on a group of worshippers.

Mourning this loss, Rajan Zed pointed out that Sikhs had made lot of contributions to America and the world. Various faith and inter-faith groups nationwide should join hands to express support to the Sikh community and to spread the message of peace, love and harmony at grassroots level, Zed stressed.

We stand in solidarity with the Sikh brothers and sisters, Zed added.

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Press release from Rajan Zed, the President of the Universal Society of Hinduism:

Hindus stand in solidarity with Sikhs in wake of Wisconsin Sikh Temple shooting.
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Just saw armed FBI agents march near #templeshooting home in question in Cudahy. Not sure what they were doing. http://t.co/xelG8eRN

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WISN.com interviews Kristin Kohler, who lives in the neighborhood of Cudahy that has been evacuated as police search a house. \"I don't even have words to describe. It's just really scary. It's hard to believe, you don't know who your neighbors might be. It's just unbelievable.\"

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WISN.com interviews Kristin Kohler, who lives in the neighborhood of Cudahy that has been evacuated as police search a house. \"I don't even have words to describe. ...Read More"},{"id":"78","created":"08/05/2012 8:24 PM EDT","title":"'A Cruel Irony'","tweet_link":"78_a-cruel-irony","entry_text":"

From the Hindu American Foundation:

Dharma traditions--the Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Hindus--hold non-violence and peaceful co-existence as paramount values. It is a cruel irony that Sikhs, donning the turban as among proud symbols of a spiritual mandate to serve humanity as defenders of dharma against all onslaughts, find themselves sought out and victimized by ignorant assailants on too many occasions.

We call on all Americans today to join Sikhs in mourning a senseless attack. And to take this opportunity not only to learn about the sublime teachings of Sikh gurus, the Sikh faith, and the meanings of its external symbols, but also to join hands to ensure that the gurudwaras remain sanctuaries of joyous worship and celebrated sharing of langar, or community meals, for generations to come.

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From the Hindu American Foundation:

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A Christian pastor in a neighboring town to Oak Creek offers help in a community blog post:

\"Let us look for ways that we can help and love the people that are directly affected by this horrific act,\" he wrote.

Read the whole piece here.

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A Christian pastor in a neighboring town to Oak Creek offers help in a community blog post:

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Statement from Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF):

\"The Sikh American community, like all Americans, is shocked after this attack,” said SALDEF Managing Director Kavneet Singh. “We mourn the loss of those who were killed today and pray for the swift recovery of the those injured, including the veteran police officer who put himself in harm's way to protect his community.”

SALDEF thanks our friends and neighbors from across the country for the outpouring of support and condolences as we come together to mourn and heal as one unified national community standing together against violence and bigotry.

“This attack is particularly troubling due to its occurrence at a place of worship,” said Mr. Singh. “All houses of worship, like this gurdwara, are places of peace. Attacks at any of the nation’s houses of worship must be condemned by all Americans. This type of crime strikes at the very foundation of religious freedom, among the fundamental principles upon which this country was built.\"

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Statement from Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF):

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A statement by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the oldest Muslim organization in the United States:

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA – the oldest Muslim organization in America – strongly condemns this morning’s senseless shooting on worshipers gathered at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the city of Oak Creek, near Milwaukee. While details of the attack continue to emerge, such brutality and hatred does not represent the otherwise tolerant and peaceful relationships between faith communities in this nation, and Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA calls on all people of conscience to condemn this act.

Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA extends its prayers, condolences and sympathy to the Sikh community and hopes that justice will be established as law enforcement search for the suspect.

Full statement here.

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A statement by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, the oldest Muslim organization in the United States:

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@ NewsHub :

Woman in Cudahy neighborhood where FBI is searching a duplex says residence had been vacant until recently. #templeshooting

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A statement by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation:

\"The Milwaukee Jewish community stands in solidarity with the Sikh community, and we offer assistance to the community, especially to the families of the victims. While we don't know many details at this point, this may well be an intentional attack on the Sikhs which would make the massacre even more heinous. Our society is based on freedoms of religion and due process of law. We hope that law enforcement will find and hold accountable all parties involved in this senseless and shocking tragedy.\"

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A statement by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation:

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HuffPost blogger Simran Jeet Singh

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As a Sikh, I believe that people are inherently good. Our faith instills a sense of perpetual optimism, and our traditions teach us to always make the best of a tough situation.

Fear and negativity are foreign to our vocabulary. Sikhs are not a God-fearing people; we are God-loving.

The commitment to love and optimism shapes the way that Sikhs interact with their societies, and I'm concerned that becoming cynical and negative might lead us down a slippery slope.

So I am making a conscious decision. I am refusing to accept that human beings are malicious and hateful, and I am rejecting the notion that we need to live in fear.

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HuffPost blogger Simran Jeet Singh \nhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/simran-jeet-singh/as-a-sikh-american_b_1745333.html\" target=\"_hplink\">weighs in:

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From the AP:

CUDAHY, Wis. — Police in Wisconsin have evacuated homes in a Milwaukee suburb northeast of the Sikh temple where an unknown gunman killed six Sunday morning.

The evacuations are in Cudahy, which is about six miles from the temple in Oak Creek.

Police have roped off four blocks in a neighborhood with a mix of duplexes and single-family homes, as well as one house.

FBI agents are there with an armored truck, a trailer and other vehicles. Other law enforcement officers are there too, along with a police dog.

Fifty-eight-year-old Ken Kacner lives about a block from the house that police have targeted.

Kacner says neighborhood has changed over the years and has become more dangerous.

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From the AP:

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\"RaniaKhalek\"

@ RaniaKhalek :

Tank, canine unit, FBI, ATF & more equipment surround Cudahy home where residents are being evacuated #TempleShooting http://t.co/1TatWT14

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter tweets:

FBI Evidence Response team on the scene in Cudahy with serious equipment. ow.ly/i/PhcP #templeshooting

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter tweets:

FBI Evidence Response team on the scene in Cudahy with serious equipment. ow.ly/i/PhcP #templeshooting

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Brady Campaign President Dan Gross today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and the entire community of Oak Creek after today's terrible shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

This is yet another powerful reminder of the need for a real national conversation about what we can do to prevent gun violence tragedies, and for our elected officials and presidential candidates to participate in that conversation by offering real plans to do something about it.

There have now been 61 mass shootings since the tragedy last year in Tucson and 100 school shootings since the one at Columbine High School. Tomorrow, another 32 Americans will be murdered by guns.

The American people from across the political spectrum are calling for solutions. We know that we are better than this. It is time for our elected officials and presidential candidates to show us that they know it too.

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Brady Campaign President Dan Gross today released the following statement in response to the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin:

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Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has been a leader on Sikh-American issues in Congress, spearheading an effort this spring to get the Justice Department to better collect data on hate crimes against this community.

His statement on Sunday's shooting:

I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families and community of those injured and killed in today’s tragic shooting, and I join the people of Wisconsin and the entire Sikh-American community in mourning. There is no room in any society for such violence.

While we do not yet know the motivations of this senseless act and it’s important to wait for more information from law enforcement, we do know that Sikh-Americans are too often the victims of intolerance and hate. Today we all grieve for those lost in this tragic event.

-- Amanda Terkel

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Just minutes after it was reported that people had been shot at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the hatemongers at Westboro Baptist Church were tweeting out: 'God Sent Another Shooter.'

Read the whole story here.

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Just minutes after it was reported that people had been shot at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the hatemongers at Westboro Baptist Church were tweeting out: 'God Sent Another Shooter.'

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The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR), an umbrella organization representing Sikhs in the United States, released this statement on Sunday:

The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR) is shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless shooting which occurred earlier today at the Sikh Gurdwara of Wisconsin in Oak Creek near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It has been reported that a suspect opened fire on a weekly congregation of the Sikhs while a reading of the Sikh scripture was in progress. Current reports say that there are 7 deaths, including an assailant, and many injured. One brave police officer was also one of those injured.

WSC-AR offers its condolences and support to the victims, their families, the law enforcement agencies (especially the police officer shot in the line of duty) and the surrounding community. This is a troubling day, not only for Sikh-Americans, but also for all Americans.

In the coming days, along with Sikh advocacy organizations, we will be working with public officials, and law enforcement authorities, to understand the events of today and to help the community in whatever way we can. The Council will also be providing support mediums for our interreligious partners and the public as we sort out this situation. This shooting comes on the heels of another tragedy, as our country continues to recover from the senseless shootings in Aurora, Colorado.

We urge all to pray for the victims, their families and friends, and the surrounding community. We also express our gratitude towards the law enforcement authorities for their prompt and effective response to the situation as it unfolded. We offer our appreciation for the bravery of the police officer shot, offer condolences, and pray that he will recover fully soon. As we learn more about the situation, we will keep the public updated and informed. We thank you for your patience and prayers during these difficult times.

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The World Sikh Council - America Region (WSC-AR), an umbrella organization representing Sikhs in the United States, released this statement on Sunday:

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From Bridgewater Patch:

\"Unfortunately, our history books and our schools, they're not that informative about our culture and religion,\" Jaskaran Singh said. \"There has been a case of mistaken identity...some people think we're Muslim, some consider us Hindus.\"

The religion has approximately 1 million members in the United States and have been living here for a century, according to Gurinderjit Singh.

The Garden State Sikh Association will discuss possible ways to help the families in Oak Creek, in an attempt to provide financial assistance or in any way that is needed.

Read the whole story here.

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From Bridgewater Patch:

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From the White House Press Office:

At 4:30PM EDT, the President convened a call with FBI Director Bob Mueller, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on the tragic shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Following that briefing, the President called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi and trustee of the Sikh Temple Charanjeet Singh to express his condolences for the lives lost and his concern for those who were injured.

During the briefing, the President was informed that the situation at the Sikh Temple was under control and that the lone gunmen was killed by an Oak Creek police officer. The President also was updated on the condition of some of the victims of the attack, and he directed that the federal government assist as appropriate in the investigation into the shooting. The President said that he wanted to make sure that as we denounce this senseless act of violence we also underscore how much our country has been enriched by our Sikh Community, who are an integral part of our broader American family.

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From the White House Press Office:
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At 4:30PM EDT, the President convened a call with FBI Director Bob Mueller, Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan to receive an update on the tragic shooting in...Read More"},{"id":"62","created":"08/05/2012 6:19 PM EDT","title":"Report: Police Searching Suspect's House","tweet_link":"62_report-police-searching-suspects-house","entry_text":"

\"stevebruskCNN\"

@ stevebruskCNN :

Susan Candiotti reports police are now executing a search warrant at suspected gunman's home, \"a short distance\" from the temple

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Statement from Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.):

This is a tragic day for our city and for all communities of faith who share grief and concern for the victims of today’s shooting and their loved ones. We also share a deep gratitude to our law enforcement officers. Our prayers are with Milwaukee’s entire Sikh community and we wish them comfort and peace.‬

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Statement from Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.):

This is a tragic day for our city and for all communities of faith who share grief and concern for the victims of today’s shooting and their loved ones. We also share a deep gratitude to our...Read More"},{"id":"60","created":"08/05/2012 5:54 PM EDT","title":"Obama Calls Walker","tweet_link":"60_obama-calls-walker","entry_text":"

President Obama called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), according to tweets from the governor.

\"Appreciated the call from the President. It is a sad day for the Sikh community, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and America,\" he wrote on Sunday evening. \"Mentioned to the President that the FBI was part of an excellent team effort of local, state & federal authorities on site.\"

\"Appreciate statements of support from President Obama, Gov Romney and many other officials and organizations,\" he added.

-- Amanda Terkel

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President Obama called Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), according to tweets from the governor.

\"Appreciated the call from the President. It is a sad day for th...Read More"},{"id":"59","created":"08/05/2012 5:54 PM EDT","title":"Oak Creek Mayor Tweets","tweet_link":"59_oak-creek-mayor-tweets","entry_text":"

\"OCMayorSteve\"

@ OCMayorSteve :

The city of Oak Creek is outraged by this senseless act of violence. Our thoughts are with the families and victims of this tragic event.

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My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and everyone in Oak Creek who has been impacted by this tragic act of violence.

— Paul Ryan (@RepPaulRyan) August 5, 2012

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My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and everyone in Oak Creek who has been impacted by this tragic act of violence.

— Paul Ryan (@RepPaulRyan) Read More"},{"id":"57","created":"08/05/2012 5:50 PM EDT","title":"Pennsyvlania Sikhs React","tweet_link":"57_pennsyvlania-sikhs-react","entry_text":"

Nazareth Patch reports:

\"We need protection here, too,\" said Jaswinder Singh, a committee member at the local Sikh temple. \"We’re not feeling safe.\"

While children -- some too young to understand the gravity of the situation in Wisconsin -- giggle and run down the temple's hallways, Singh said older members are hesitant and scared to come to temple.

\"Everyone is calling and contacting the committee, asking if it's safe to come to the temple,\" he added.

Read more here.

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Nazareth Patch reports:

\"We need protection here, too,\" said Jaswinder Singh, a committee member at the local Sikh templ...Read More"},{"id":"56","created":"08/05/2012 5:45 PM EDT","title":"Wisconsin Rep. Reacts To Shooting","tweet_link":"56_wisconsin-rep-reacts-to-shooting","entry_text":"

Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) released the following statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple:

\"I am deeply saddened by today's events which took the lives of these innocent members of our community. My thoughts and prayers remain with the families of those that have lost loved ones as well as the families of those injured in this senseless act of violence.

\"I will continue to monitor this situation as it develops.\"

-- Luke Johnson

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Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) released the following statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple:

\"I am deeply saddened by today's events which took the lives of these innocent members of our community. My thoughts and prayers remain with ...Read More"},{"id":"55","created":"08/05/2012 5:42 PM EDT","title":"Massachusetts Sikhs Worry About Religious Freedom","tweet_link":"55_massachusetts-sikhs-worry-about-religious-freedom","entry_text":"

From Milford Patch:

Malkit Singh Gill, president of the New England Sikh Study Circle in Milford, said it’s unfortunate that religion is the cause for persecution in the land of the free.

“I think this is very tragic,” Gill said. “The country was founded on the belief that there should be no religious persecution.”

Gill said that there are more than 500,000 Sikhs in this country, and their temples are open to anyone, however he is unsure what comes after this.

“I need to be thinking about what the next step is for the temple. We are hard working peace loving people and it’s sad that one person is trying to put fear in to us,” Gill said.

Read the whole thing here.

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From Milford Patch:

Malkit Singh Gill, president of the New England Sikh Study Circle in Milford,...Read More"},{"id":"54","created":"08/05/2012 5:34 PM EDT","title":"Congregant Reacts To Shooting","tweet_link":"54_congregant-reacts-to-shooting","entry_text":"

A Sikh congregant reacted with confusion and resolve to a local television station following the shooting.

He told TODAY TMJ4 that he was not angry. \"We're just confused. Was this a random act? Was this because of the way we look?\"

\"In our Holy Book, it says, 'Don't hate anybody. God is without hate or fear.' We don't hate anybody.\"

He said he didn't think anyone in the congregation was afraid to go back and that he would.

-- Luke Johnson

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A Sikh congregant reacted with confusion and resolve to a local television station following the shooting.

He told TODAY TMJ4 that he was not angry. \"We're just confu...Read More"},{"id":"53","created":"08/05/2012 5:30 PM EDT","title":"Sikh Coalition Responds To Shooting","tweet_link":"53_sikh-coalition-responds-to-shooting","entry_text":"

The Sikh Coalition, a nonprofit group defending civil rights for Sikhs created in the aftermath of the violence against members of the religion following the 9/11 attacks, responded to the shooting earlier Sunday on its Facebook page:

The Sikh Coalition's prayers and thoughts go out to the victim's of today's shooting at the Oak Creek Gurdwara in Wisconsin. We are monitoring the situation and have been in touch with federal authorities and local sangat members regarding the situation.

--Luke Johnson

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The Sikh Coalition, a nonprofit group defending civil rights for Sikhs created in the aftermath of the violence against members of the religion following the 9/11 attacks, responded to the shooting earlier Sunday on Read More"},{"id":"52","created":"08/05/2012 5:23 PM EDT","title":"Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards","tweet_link":"52_oak-creek-police-chief-john-edwards","entry_text":"

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards confirmed that seven people were killed and three people were injured in a shooting at a Sikh temple sunday morning.

He said the initial 9/11 call came in around 10:30 a.m., and police responded, finding one person injured. An officer was attending to the injured person when he was ambushed and shot multiple times by the suspect. A second officer then arrived, was shot at by the suspect, and then returned fire, killing him, said Edwards.

\"It's taken most of the day to clear that area, the church itself and the surrounding area, because of the conflicting reports we got about how many people were involved,\" he said.

The FBI will be handling the criminal investigation and it will be treated as a domestic terrorist incident.

Another press conference will be held Monday morning at 10 a.m. central time.

Edwards said the injured officer still has family that needs to be notified. He offered no information on the suspect.

Everyone has been evacuated from the temple.

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Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards confirmed that seven people were killed and three people were injured in a shooting at a Sikh temple sunday morning.

He said the initial 9/11 call came in around 10:30 a.m., and police responded, finding one pe...Read More"},{"id":"51","created":"08/05/2012 5:05 PM EDT","title":"Shooter Reportedly Carrying One Gun","tweet_link":"51_shooter-reportedly-carrying-one-gun","entry_text":"

\"NBCNews\"

@ NBCNews :

Law enforcement official tells @PeteWilliamsNBC that Sikh temple shooter was dressed in tactical gear, armed with single handgun

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From the AP:

A Milwaukee hospital is treating the police officer shot at a Sikh temple south of the city and two other victims. All are in critical condition.

Froederdt Hospital Chief Medical Office Lee Biblo says the three victims of the shooting in suburban Oak Creek are all adult men. The hospital did not immediately identify the police officer or the other two victims.

Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin says one of the victims had gunshot wounds to the face and extremities, and another had wounds to his abdomen. She did not know which was the police officer, or the nature of the third victim's wounds.

Police said earlier the officer is expected to survive.

Bellin says the hospital is not expecting any more shooting victims.

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From the AP:

A Milwaukee hospital is treating the police officer shot at a Sikh temple south of the city and two other v...Read More"},{"id":"49","created":"08/05/2012 4:57 PM EDT","title":"Red Truck In The Parking Lot","tweet_link":"49_red-truck-in-the-parking-lot","entry_text":"

Authorities have been searching a red truck in the parking lot, according to the livestream from NBC.

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Authorities have been searching a red truck in the parking lot, according to the livestream from NBC.

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President Obama released a statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday. The statement, in full:

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.

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President Obama released a statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday. The statement, in full:

Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many li...Read More"},{"id":"47","created":"08/05/2012 4:37 PM EDT","title":"Mitt Romney Responds","tweet_link":"47_mitt-romney-responds","entry_text":"

Mitt Romney's statement on the shooting:

Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.

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Mitt Romney's statement on the shooting:

Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Ou...Read More"},{"id":"46","created":"08/05/2012 4:35 PM EDT","title":"Media Briefing Pushed Back","tweet_link":"46_media-briefing-pushed-back","entry_text":"

Police chief Brad Wentlandt reports the next media briefing will be held at 4 p.m. central time.

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Police chief Brad Wentlandt reports the next media briefing will be held at 4 p.m. central time.

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Patch reports that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), whose parents are practicing Sikhs, put out a statement on Facebook:

It's very sad to see something like this happen to a peaceful place of worship. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the innocent victims and the family of the heroic officer in this senseless tragedy.

Patch adds that Haley \"has identified herself as a Christian, though she has attended Sikh services in deference to her parents' faith.\"

-- Amanda Terkel

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Patch reports that South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), whose parents are practicing Sikhs, put out a statement on Facebook:

It's ...Read More"},{"id":"43","created":"08/05/2012 4:26 PM EDT","title":"Milwaukee County Executive: We Need To Stand With The Sikh Community","tweet_link":"43_milwaukee-county-executive-we-need-to-stand-with-the-sikh-community","entry_text":"

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to the shootings earlier Sunday:

This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of evil. It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this afternoon. Our prayers and condolences go out to those killed and injured, and we share the grief of everyone affected by this senseless event.

We are grateful for the bravery and immediate work by local, state and federal law enforcement. Residents of Milwaukee County have an amazing ability to support one another in times of crisis.

This is one of those times. The Sikh community is an important part of what makes that happen in Milwaukee County, with a long tradition of standing up for and supporting others.

--Luke Johnson

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Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele released the following statement in response to the shootings earlier Sunday:

This is not only an act of extreme violence, it is also an act of evil. It is beyond the power of words to fully expr...Read More"},{"id":"41","created":"08/05/2012 4:15 PM EDT","title":"Obama Updated On Sikh Shooting","tweet_link":"41_obama-updated-on-sikh-shooting","entry_text":"

Per pool report, President Obama was notified of the temple shooting shortly before 1 p.m. by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan.

Obama continues to receive updates on the incident, according to a White House official.

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Per pool report, President Obama was notified of the temple shooting shortly before 1 p.m. by his Homeland Security Advisor, John Brennan.

Obama continues to receive updates on the incident, according to a White House official.

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Temple member Harbreet Singh spoke with Milwaukee's TMJ 4:

\"Every Sunday we have a Sunday mass, you know?\" said Singh. \"We come here to pray. This was an unexpected to happen. There was nobody armed. We come here for pray, you know? Don't have getting guns and there was nobody to defend them.\"

Singh also says he he feels helpless and angry over the incident.

\"I don't know why these people do this, you know?\" Singh said, distraught. \"These are peaceful people. They just come here. This is the kind of hate crime that should be stopped and should be done something about.\"

Read the whole story here.

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Temple member Harbreet Singh spoke with Milwaukee's TMJ 4:

\"Every Sunday we have a Sunday mass, you know?\" said Singh. \"We come here to pray. This w...Read More"},{"id":"39","created":"08/05/2012 3:58 PM EDT","title":"Wisconsin Senator Responds To Shooting","tweet_link":"39_wisconsin-senator-responds-to-shooting","entry_text":"

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the state's junior senator, responded to the Oak Creek shooting in a statement, saying, \"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of yet another senseless act of violence in America. I have full confidence in the legal authorities that will be investigating this heinous crime.\"

-- Amanda Terkel

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), the state's junior senator, responded to the Oak Creek shooting in a statement, saying, \"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families of yet another senseless act of violence in America. I have full confiden...Read More"},{"id":"38","created":"08/05/2012 3:53 PM EDT","title":"Scott Walker Cancels Monday Event","tweet_link":"38_scott-walker-cancels-monday-event","entry_text":"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was scheduled to hold a health care event at a community clinic in Green Bay on Monday. His office said they were canceling it, in light of the shooting in Oak Creek.

-- Amanda Terkel

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was scheduled to hold a health care event at a community clinic in Green Bay on Monday. His office said they were canceling it, in light of the shooting in Oak Creek.

-- Amanda Terkel

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The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel talks to Ven Boba Ri, a temple committee member, who said people inside the temple told him 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.\"

According to Ri, the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him.

Then he went inside and started shooting.

People inside the temple were using cell phones to call people outside, saying please send help, Ri said.

\"It's sad, I don't know how to describe it,\" said Ri, who has been fielding calls all morning from around the world, including India.

\"Sikhism is such a peaceful religion. We have suffered for generations, in India and even here.\"

\"We're all the same,\" said temple member Jaswinder Schandock. \"Everybody has the same blood.\"

Read the whole story here.

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The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel talks to Ven Boba Ri, a temple committee member, who said pe...Read More"},{"id":"35","created":"08/05/2012 3:39 PM EDT","title":"More Information On Sikhism","tweet_link":"35_more-information-on-sikhism","entry_text":"

Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with a population of upwards of 30 million worldwide. There are an estimated 250,000 Sikhs in the United States.

Click here to learn more about Sikhism.

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Sikhism is the fifth largest religion in the world with a population of upwards of 30 million worldwide. There are an estimated 250,000 Sikhs in the United States.

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Authorities expect to give another briefing at 3:30 p.m. central time.

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Authorities expect to give another briefing at 3:30 p.m. central time.

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From Paul J. Browne, Deputy Commissioner, New York City Police Department:

“The NYPD is increasing coverage in and around Sikh temples in New York City today, including the deployment of Critical Response Vehicles, as a precaution in the wake of the Wisconsin shooting. There is no known threat against Sikh temples in New York City, however, the coverage is being put in place out of an abundance of caution.”

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“The NYPD is increasing coverage in and around Sikh temples in New York City today, including the deployment of Critical Response Vehicles, as a prec...Read More"},{"id":"31","created":"08/05/2012 3:23 PM EDT","title":"Scott Walker Reacts To Shooting","tweet_link":"31_scott-walker-reacts-to-shooting","entry_text":"

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) put out a statement on the temple shooting, calling it \"terrible violence\" begot by \"evil.\" His statement:

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.

At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.

Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state.

-- Amanda Terkel

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) put out a statement on the temple shooting, calling it \"terrible violence\" begot by \"evil.\" His statement:

While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and ...Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"08/05/2012 3:22 PM EDT","title":"Lawmakers Warned About Hate Crimes Against Sikhs","tweet_link":"30_lawmakers-warned-about-hate-crimes-against-sikhs","entry_text":"

The shooting Sunday at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin on Sunday will only add to the debate over gun control that is still simmering from the violence in Aurora, Colorado three weeks ago.

Depending on what's discovered about the motives of the shooter, it also seems likely to raise questions over the issue of religiously motivated hate crimes. That topic has been simmering itself in the halls of Congress, with lawmakers (predominantly from urban communities) warning about the vulnerability of certain groups of individuals. In fact, in April of this year, 92 members of the House sent a letter urging the Department of Justice to take stronger steps to collect data on hate crimes directed at the Sikh community.

“The more information our law enforcement agencies have on violence against Sikh-Americans, the more they can do to help prevent these crimes and bring those who commit them to justice,” said Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.), who led the effort. “The Department of Justice and FBI have carried out important outreach efforts in coalition with the Sikh community, but these efforts must also be paired with data collection to ensure we are doing everything possible to crack down on hate crimes against the Sikh community.”

Read more HERE.

-- Sam Stein

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The shooting Sunday at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin on Sunday will only add to the debate over gun control that is still simmering from the violence in Aurora, Colorado three weeks ago.

Depending on what's discovered about the motives of the shoot...Read More"},{"id":"29","created":"08/05/2012 3:20 PM EDT","title":"Challenges For Sikh Men Post 9/11","tweet_link":"29_challenges-for-sikh-men-post-911","entry_text":"

The Detroit Free Press ran an article last year about about young sikh men cutting their hair to avoid being targeted for being Muslim.

Kanwal Singh couldn’t take it anymore.

For about a year, the Canton teenager had tried living in metro Detroit wearing a turban over his uncut hair – as mandated by his Sikh faith.

But the stares and insults were too much.

“Terrorist!” Singh remembers some students in his high school blurting out at him. And so, in 2007, he got his hair cut and shaved his beard – one of many Sikh boys and men who are giving up their articles of faith to avoid discrimination and harassment. Singh and others say a majority of young Sikhs in metro Detroit have cut their hair out of fear.

Read the whole article here.

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The Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. put out a statement in response to the shooting:

We have seen reports on the tragic incident earlier today of firing at a group of worshippers in a Gurudwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The Embassy is seized of the situation and has been in touch with the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. Our Consulate General in Chicago too has been in close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation. An official has been deputed to visit the site to ascertain the situation on-the-spot.

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The Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. put out a statement in response to the shooting:

We have seen reports on the tragic incident earlier today ...Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"08/05/2012 3:12 PM EDT","title":"Photo From The Scene","tweet_link":"26_photo-from-the-scene","entry_text":"

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Police block an intersection near the Sikh Temple on S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. where a shooting occurred on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

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Police block an intersection near the Sikh Temple on S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. where a shooting occurred on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

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Per the White House, The President was notified of the shooting shortly before 1pm by his homeland security advisor

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Sad, family members cry outside the scene in Wisconsin. via the AP. twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 5, 2012

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Sad, family members cry outside the scene in Wisconsin. via the AP. twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…

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One shooter has been confirmed dead, no signs of another shooter, according to police chief Brad Wentlandt.

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One shooter has been confirmed dead, no signs of another shooter, according to police chief Brad Wentlandt.

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According to press briefing from Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt.

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According to press briefing from Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt.

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Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, public information officer for the city of Oak Creek:

As I said earlier, about 10:25 am, police dispatch received multiple 9/11 calls for a shooting. 20 year law enforcement veteran was the first person on the scene. He engaged an active shooter outside the temple. Multiple rounds were exchanged, officer was shot multiple times. He is in surgery, condition unknown. The shooter was also shot. He is down on the scene and presumed deceased. Tactical officers have made multiple runs through the facility. The best information we have now. Two individuals were transported from the scene for gunshot wounds. One being the officer, one being a civilian.

The tactical personal have additional identified 4 deceased inside of the temple and three deceased outside the temple, one of whom is the shooter.

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Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt, public information officer for the city of Oak Creek:

As I said earlier, about 10:25 am, police dispatch received multiple 9/11 calls for a shooting. 20 year law enforcement veteran was the firs...Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"08/05/2012 2:40 PM EDT","title":"Family Member Tensely Awaits Information","tweet_link":"20_family-member-tensely-awaits-information","entry_text":"

A family member waits to hear information about his loved ones. via the AP twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 5, 2012

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A family member waits to hear information about his loved ones. via the AP twitter.com/BuzzFeedAndrew…Read More"},{"id":"19","created":"08/05/2012 2:36 PM EDT","title":"How Many People At Temple?","tweet_link":"19_how-many-people-at-temple","entry_text":"

WISN reports that 90-100 people would have been in the temple at the time of the shooting. There are 400-500 members of the congregation.

-- Amanda Terkel

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WISN reports that 90-100 people would have been in the temple at the time of the shooting. There are 400-500 members of the congregation.

-- Amanda Terkel

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Source on WISN: Three priests have been shot #theatershooting

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) August 5, 2012

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Source on WISN: Three priests have been shot #theatershooting

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The niece of the temple president on WTMJ, who did not attend temple today:

\"No one was answering their phones. All the mothers, the ladies locked up in the room. Kids are in the basement, dont know where the men are. It's going to affect all of us here. For me, my life flashed in front of my eyes. Every single member of my family was inside that church. Just like this, everyone can be gone. I rushed home.\"

\"The scariest feeling in the world.\"

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The niece of the temple president on WTMJ, who did not attend temple today:

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Amardeep Kaleka, a member of the temple whose mother and father were inside at the time of the shooting, told WISN that there were multiple shooters and it was a \"well-coordinated\" attack.

\"Post-9/11, a lot of Sikhs were attacked because we wear turbans and we have long beards and Afghanis look like us, and we look like Afghanis,\" he said. \"Post-9/11, multiple were murdered. Murdered in New York, murdered in Phoenix, and there have been plenty of documentary films on that. The threat is always there. We know that threat, but we're a very peaceful community... Today was very, very much out of the blue.\"

-- Amanda Terkel

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Amardeep Kaleka, a member of the temple whose mother and father were inside at the time of the shooting, told WISN that there were multiple shooters and it was a \"well-coordinated\" attack.

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