Shootings at Sikh temple near Milwaukee
Staff report 12:55 p.m. CDT, August 5, 2012
A Sikh temple in a suburban Milwaukee is the scene of a shooting today that has left an unknown number of people injured.
Oak Creek Police Department dispatcher Stephanie Uljanec says the shooting took place about 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, 7512 S. Howell Ave. Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan.
"We did have a shooting," Uljanec said. "It's unknown how many victims there are."
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Uljanec said at 12:28 p.m. that they have not been notified of any fatalities.
"Officers are still on the scene," she said.
Sukhwindar Nagr, of Racine, says he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered. Nagr says the priest told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests.
Nagr says the priest also said women and children were hiding in closets at the temple.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel is reporting at least four people have been shot.
A spokeswoman for Froedtert Hospital, the main trauma center in the Milwaukee area, has told CNN that two men have been taken there and the hospital is ready to receive more.
Uljanec said she did not know whether the shooting took place inside or outside the temple. She said she was called into work after it happened.
"Our office has not been asked to respond yet," said Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office Investigator Jenni Penn at 12:40 p.m.
"I haven't heard anything from an official," said Penn, who did not know anything about injuries at the temple.
There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple.
"We were told not to say anything," said an employee at a Classic Lanes, 7501 S. Howell Ave., near the temple. The worker did not want his name used.Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, says a call came in at 10:26 a.m. She says officers are at the scene but she has no other information to report.
Tribune reporter Rosemary R. Sobol and Associated Press contributed to this report.
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