Police in Wisconsin are calling a shooting at a Sikh temple that killed seven people including the gunman Sunday morning an act of “domestic terrorism.”
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said that the FBI will be taking over the criminal investigation, assisted by local police and other agencies.
The horror began about 10:30 a.m. ,when a gunman began shooting before the start of a Sunday morning service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the suburb of Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee.
Four people were shot dead inside the Sikh temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside.
The suspect, who hadn’t been identified as of last night, was described as about six feet tall, light skinned, bald, and with a “9-11” tattoo.Suspect wore a white t-shirt and black military BDU pants. He also had ammunition pouches.
One of the first officers to respond to frantic 911 calls seeking help was shot several times as he tended to a wounded victim, and was in critical condition along with two other victims Sunday night, authorities said.
Officials said it took a long time for SWAT teams to clear the temple because of the conflicting reports about multiple shooters.
Authorities were tight-lipped about the identities of the victims, upsetting some of the Sikhs who were still waiting for the names of the dead hours after the shooting.
There is also no news about the numbers of injured or critically wounded during shooting.
Wisconsin police still are mystified as to why the gunman opened fire inside the temple and have not said whether he specifically targeted the Sikh community.
Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside.(See Pictures).
This latest mass violence comes little more than two weeks after a gunman opened fire in a Colorado movie theatre, killing 12 people and wounding 59 others.
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