Washington, (IANS) A shooting at a Sikh gurudwara (temple) in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, just south of Milwaukee, Sunday, left six people dead and one gunman killed by a police officer, according to authorities.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel cited Greenfield, Wisconsin, Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt as telling reporters that four of the deceased are inside the temple and three outside, including the shooter, he said.
Oak Creek police received multiple calls about the shooting. When the police officer, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, arrived at the scene, he and the shooter exchanged multiple rounds and the officer was shot multiple times, Wentlandt said.
The officer is in surgery and his condition is not known. The shooter is “down at the scene and is presumed deceased, he said.
The officer was wounded but “returned fire, and that shooter was put down,” Wentlandt, told reporters. He called it “an ongoing and very fluid situation”.
“At this time, we don’t know if there are additional shooters inside the temple,” he said. SWAT teams were combing through the temple.
Some people are believed to be trapped inside, and at least one gunman may still be inside, Alderman Dan Jakubczyk told CNN. “As far as I know, it is still an active situation,” Jakubczyk said.
Members of the police SWAT team have begun removing the injured from the temple’s prayer room, the Journal-Sentinel reported.
Among those shot was Satwant Kaleka, president of the temple, Greenfield, Wisconsin, Wentlandt told the Journal-Sentinel.
People inside the temple are using cell phones to call people outside, asking for help, temple committee member Ven Boba Ri who is outside of the temple, said.
Earlier, Lee Biblo, chief medical officer at Froedtert Hospital, told CNN that the injured are all adults, all male and all in critical condition.
The Journal-Sentinel cited one Sukhwindar Nagr as saying he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered, telling him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests.
Gurcharan Grewal, president of the Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin, told CNN that he has heard from multiple people that wounded victims were still inside the temple and that there may have been multiple perpetrators. Police have sealed off the entire area, he said.