Sikh shootings in Wisconsin

I’m sure we’ll hear more, but there are reports of a shooting involving multiple victims at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, with a possible hostage situation involving children. Interestingly, more than one shooter is allegedly involved. This makes me think it’s not a personal or family situation. (Edit: CNN interviewed a witness who was in contact with police and he says there were 2 shooters). This has not appeared in other news accounts.

Edit: A witness and member of the congregation says the gunman appeared to be targeting “turbaned males.”

EDIT: Police are calling it “domestic terrorism.” This is another clarification I’m not too fond off. All crime is terrorism.

EDIT: Not to stir up conspiracy theories, but the official police story is that there was one shooter. Yet, listen to the witness’s statement that there were 2 and that they were dropped off by a car that “sped away.” Huh?


CNN screen grab. “Suspects”


screen grab from TMJ4 video

I found interesting the following passage from the story:

One of the temple’s committee members, Ven Boba Ri, said that based on communication with people inside the temple, the shooter was a white male in his 30s.

“We have no idea,” he said of the motive. “It’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”

According to Ri, the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him.

Then he went inside and started shooting.

Already the “hate crime” angle?

At least four people were shot just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.

Victims were being taken out of the temple.

Among those who were shot was the president of the temple.

People were in the temple as early as 6:30 a.m. Sunday and many more were arriving for a service that was to begin about 11:30 a.m.

There were reports that children were taken to the building’s basement after shots were fired.

Someone who sent a text message to a Journal Sentinel reporter shortly before noon said that there were two shooters with children possibly as hostages.

And the head priest was locked inside a restroom with a cell phone and that there were as many as 20 to 30 victims.

One of the temple’s committee members, Ven Boba Ri, said that based on communication with people inside the temple, the shooter was a white male in his 30s.

“We have no idea,” he said of the motive. “It’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”

According to Ri, the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him.

Then he went inside and started shooting.

People inside the temple were using cell phones to call people outside, saying please send help, Ri said.

“It’s sad, I don’t know how to describe it,” said Ri, who has been fielding calls all morning from around the world, including India.