At least seven people have been killed and twenty injured as a gunman took over a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The number includes the gunman, who was killed by police. Officials are treating it as a “domestic terrorist-type incident.”
Four of those shot died inside the temple, while the three others (two victims and the gunman) were killed outside. Tactical units scoured the temple and concluded there was no second gunman, a claim police say was based on the fact that they had received several radio calls about the shooter.
Three adults have been hospitalized with gun wounds into their faces, police report. They are all in critical condition.
The first police officer to arrive tried to help a wounded victim outside the temple, but was “ambushed” by the gunman, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. A second policeman then shot the gunman, killing him. The wounded policeman was taken to hospital and is expected to survive.
Edwards said the incident was being treated as a case of domestic terrorism, with the FBI conducting an investigation. He noted that authorities would not say anything more about the investigation, including the names of the victims, until Monday.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said the investigation was in its early stages and that the gunman’s motive hasn’t been determined.
Several hours after the shooting, Wisconsin police evacuated homes in the Milwaukee suburb of Cudahy, located about six miles (or ten kilometers) from the temple in Oak Creek. Four blocks were roped off, and officers searched one house in the area. A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) spokesperson said warrants were being served at the shooter’s home.