Seven people are dead in a shooting this morning at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee, including the suspected gunman, and three others are wounded, including a veteran police officer who killed the shooter, authorities say.

Tactical officers who swept the temple found four people dead inside the building and three people dead outside, Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt told a news conference.

One of those killed outside was shot after he fired on the first officer to arrive, he said. Wentlandt said the officer fired back, killing the gunman. He said the tactical officer, a 20-year veteran, was undergoing surgery at an area hospital.

“Multiple rounds were exchanged,” he said. “The officer was shot multiple times. He is in surgery. His condition is not known at this time. (The shooter) is down at the scene and presumed dead.”

Wentlandt said police are still checking the temple to see if there are other gunmen.

“At this time, we have not identified any additional gunmen,” he said. “It’s possible those multiple reports were of the same person. … We’re not sure there were additional shooters.”

via At least 7 dead in shootings at Sikh temple near Milwaukee – chicagotribune.com.

Yet another mass shooting, this time in Wisconsin. This is becoming so common-place, it’s not even shocking anymore. Tragic. 

Governor Scott Walker released the following 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.”

Update:-Mother Jones reports on the identity of the alleged shooter:

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman as Wade Michael Page. Sources say that Page had once served in the U.S. military, according to CBS News. Police officials have described the suspect as a stocky, 40-something Caucasian male with multiple tattoos. Unspecified evidence suggests ethnicity or race may have motivated the shooting; however, police have not identified any links to extremist groups.

An unnamed US defense official says that Page is a 40-year-old Army veteran who was honorably discharged in 1998 after six years of service, Bloomberg reports. Page served as a Hawk missile repairman and a “psychological operations specialist.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified Page as “a frustrated neo-Nazi who had been the leader of a racist white-power band.” (The frontman of the band End Apathy, named Wade, gave this interview to the white supremacist website Label 56 in 2010.) SPLC also claim to have been tracking Page ever since he tried to buy goods from the neo-Nazi National Alliance in 2000. The National Alliance was led by Dr. William Luther Pierce, the author of the infamous 1978 novel The Turner Diaries. Pierce, who died in 2002, is considered one of the ideological godfathers of the modern American white nationalist movement. Pierce promoted white power music ventures, racist video games, weekly radio addresses, and online forums to advance his organization’s cause.

3 thoughts on “UPDATED: At least 7 dead in shootings at Sikh temple near Milwaukee

  1. Just when I am convinced that Law Enforcement is a plague on our lives, and to be wary of their motives in any situation; with evidence, such as the young man who was recently shot in the head – while sitting handcuffed in the back of a police cruiser (the police on the scene reported it as a suicide), to back up my angry position; some rank-and file “first responders”, as Governor Walker called them, go and do something heroic: risking their lives, and even dying, to protect innocent people who were probably quite different in racial makeup.

    How ironic, that at the same time as our lives are interrupted by outright evil personified, we are also exposed to the greatest type of love, “that a man lay down his life for his friends” in the same incident. (St. Luke, 15:13)

    Together with all of the other emotions that these incidents evoke in me, I am reminded that other people, even ones that I usually see as adversaries, are actually complex individuals, who are capable of a full spectrum of behavior. It is a bit of growth on my part.

    My heart goes out humbly to all of the people who have been affected emotionally, in any way.

    I know that this incident will incite the ferocity of anti-gun sentiment, but It also refreshes my feeling that a weapon of some sort might be a wise aquesition (sp?) to protect my home, in case of further societal breakdown. My deeply seated pacifism always wins out, however; but a sense of alarm, and stirrings of fear do bring me those urges to arm myself.

    I am sharing my feelings about gun control because I know it has strong supporters, who read this blog, and I am anticipating their comments. I wanted to define my own position as well.

    It is a sadder night, than it was this morning

    1. Thank you for your comments. I would love a conversation about gun control here, but WISH there was one going on in Washington! After two mass shootings in a couple of weeks, I am still doubtful that things will change. The NRA and gun lobby has the entire legislative body cowed.

      I own guns that were inherited. I keep them locked away and unloaded, because the risk of a child injuring or killing himself or a sibling is far greater than the chance I might need it for an intruder. For home security, I have a machete and a baseball bat:) Out in public, being vigilant is better than carrying a gun, for me. There is a big difference between carrying a gun around and actually using it against a human being. That one second of hesitation to fire upon a person could mean drawing fire to yourself in a situation such as this temple shooting or the one in Aurora. In my opinion, owning a gun is a great responsibility. A person should go through training in how to use it and how to keep it safe from unauthorized users.

      The biggest lesson my father taught me as a kid when I learned to shoot: “NEVER point a weapon at a person unless you are prepared to kill them.” That rule was bigger than the golden rule in our house and applied even to toy guns. Dad showed his collection to a visitor once, and the guy jokingly pointed the gun at me. That guy found himself quickly disarmed and verbally chastised under threat of physical harm!

  2. Thanks for acknowledging this horrible tragedy. I agree with your comments about being past due on a reasonable discussion on gun control. That conversation should lock the NRA outside the room as I find their voice and pocketbook are being heard loud and clear. You and other responsible gun owners are being given a bad name by the stock pilers and assault weapon owners.

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