Mass shooting reported at Sikh temple in Milwaukee

At least four people have been shot at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee, and at least one gunman may still be inside, according to local media reports.

Relatives of those trapped inside the temple said hostages had been taken at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, according to Ashley Sears, a reporter for Fox 6 in Milwaukee.

“A man says his friend saw two people get shot in a parking lot. He drove away in a panic,” she tweeted.

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The head priest was locked inside a restroom after the shooting, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which received a text message suggesting that there were as many as 20 to 30 victims.

The paper also reported that the president of the temple had been shot and that a SWAT team had entered the building before noon Central time to bring out uninjured victims.

Oak Creek police are looking for two suspects in the shooting, both described by witnesses as white men with muscular builds, said a senior federal law enforcement official. The Associated Press reported that one shooter was down.

It is unclear at this time what the motivation for the attack was or if there is a link between the suspects and a terrorist group or a hate group, the federal source said.


Ben Handelman of Fox 6 in Milwaukee tweetedthat a police officer had been shot and that a gunman had been shot outside the temple.

Sukhwindar Nagr of Racine told the Chicago Tribunethat he called his brother-in-law’s phone and a priest at the temple answered. Nagr told the Tribune the priest said his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests, and that women and children were hiding in closets in the temple.

Police and ambulances are on-scene. Local media reported that police had gone to protect the other Sikh temple in Milwaukee.

Brian Bennett in the Washington Bureau contributed to this report.