by Isi Esene
Local US media are reporting a shooting incident at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek in Wisconsin.
In a brief press conference at the scene, Oak Creek police said at least one officer was shot multiple times but was “expected to survive”.
Police said one suspect was shot and is down. It was not clear how many other people were wounded or if there are other suspects, police said.
According to the BBC News, local police say an emergency call was made to them this evening of an incident and officers are already at the scene to bring the situation under control.
Sukhwindar Nagr, one of the people who’s family is trapped in the temple said 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.
Nagr says the priest also said women and children were hiding in closets at the temple.
Sikhism is a religion founded in the 15th century by Guru Nanak Dev in the Punjab region of what is now Pakistan. It is among the largest organized religions in the world, with more than 20 million Sikhs worldwide.
Oak Creek is a small town with a population of about 30,000 people.
On July 20, a shooter later identified as James Holmes gained access into a movie theatre where movie-goers were watching the latest Batman movie sequel ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and shot indiscriminately at people killing 12 and injuring 59. .