by Isi Esene
Police in Wiconson have confirmed seven people dead in this evening’s Oak Creek Sikh temple attack. The number given includes a gunman suspected in the attack.
Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said police had identified four people dead inside the temple and three outside, including the gunman shot by police.
Chief Wentlandt said that multiple calls had been made to the 911 emergency services number at about 10:25 local time (15:25 GMT).
He said a police officer had been sent to the scene and had “engaged an active shooter”, during which he had been shot multiple times.
But he cautioned that he was giving the “best information we have now – it may change”.
Police are still trying to determine if there was another shooter involved in the attack, during which at least one gunman walked into the temple and opened fire. Wentlandt said the calls reporting different shooters may be separate reports of the same gunman.
Wentlandt said, “We believe we have the situation contained here [at the temple].
“We do not know if there are other shooters at the scene,” he quickly added.
Parminder Kaleka who is one of the people waiting patiently outside the temple for any information they can gather says she called a priest inside the temple who told her twenty or more people got shot and they don’t even know if they are dead or alive.
“This is a big tragedy for our church,” she said, saying everyone had always assumed it would be a place of safety.
It appears the number of victims might later swell going by the information trickling out from people who are trapped, probably injured, inside the temple.