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Shooting At Wisconsin Sikh Temple Leaves Seven Dead [UPDATE]

By Amy Cavanaugh in News on Aug 5, 2012 6:25PM

2012_08_05_sikhtemple.jpg At least one person has died after a gunman entered the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee, and opened fire. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that the shooting happened just after 10 a.m. and that a SWAT team was "sweeping the building about 1 p.m. and a gunshot or explosion was heard from the building at that time."

The first officer on the scene encountered an active shooter and exchanged fire with him, according to Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt.

The shooter went down and the officer was hit multiple times, but is expected to survive, said Wentland, who is acting as police spokesman for the incident.

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.

The injured included the president of the temple, Satwant Kaleka, and someone texted a Journal Sentinel reporter to say that there were two shooters who were possibly holding children hostage.

Update: As of 1:50 p.m. the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting that at least seven people are dead, including a shooter.