7 Dead in Shooting at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

Posted August 5, 2012 in Criminal Law by

A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. where a shooting took place. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Police will hold a briefing at 10 AM today about the Sunday morning shooting rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where seven people were shot and killed and three were injured. One of those killed was the gunman.

The gunman was identified as former Army soldier Wade Michael Page, 40, according to law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation.

A veteran policeman who killed the gunman was severely wounded, but is expected to survive. A second officer was shot and wounded as he was treating a victim.

Several dozen people were gathering for services and a large meal when the attack occurred.

 

Senseless Act of Violence

“The City of Oak Creek is outraged by the senseless act of violence,” said Mayor Stephen Scaffidi. “We are grateful for the heroic actions of two of our offices who made a dangerous situation better, probably saved lives.”

Police found two semi-automatic weapons at the scene. More information will be released at a briefing by the police at 10 AM on Monday.

Law enforcement sources tell CBS News the gunman was a heavy-set, 40-year-old Caucasian male who lived in the area. A search is being conducted of his house.

 Officials say he was armed with a 9-millimeter, semi-automatic pistol, according to CBS News, and the ATF has recovered the weapon and is running a trace.

The killer, described as heavily tattooed, wore a white t-shirt and black military BDU pants. He also had ammunition pouches.

“It’s pretty much a hate crime,” Ven Boba Ri, one of the temple’s committee members, tells the Journal-Sentinel.  “It’s not an insider.”

The shooting comes just two weeks after a psychopath shot 12 people dead and injured 58 on July 20 in a movie theater in Aurora, CO.

The temple has a congregation of 250 to 400, according to its website. According to Sikhs.org, Sikhism is a way of life and philosophy founded over 500 years ago, The Sikh religion today has a following of over 20 million people worldwide. Sikhism preaches a message of devotion and remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality of mankind, social justice and denounces superstitions and blind rituals.

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