Shooting at Oak Creek Sikh Temple
Details still sketchy at this point. We know seven are dead, including the shooter.
A police officer who confronted the shooter is in surgery. Thoughts and prayers are all we can offer at the moment.
One thing’s for certain for many in the Milwaukee area — including me — that the location of this for this shooting will make for some interesting thoughts going through your head for that next trip to Woodman’s.
While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.
At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.
Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state.
UPDATE — In a statement, President Obama has said he is “deeply saddened” by the events in Oak Creek. (Looking for full statement)
Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.
UPDATE II — State from the Romney Campaign:
“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.”
UPDATE III — As of 4 PM briefing, the numbers now are 7 dead (including the shooter), and 3 are injured. The next briefing is set for tomorrow at 10 AM CT.
Also, the FBI is heading the investigation and it has been ruled a “Domestic Terrorism” case, which appears to have a wider definition than any of us every figured it to have.
Finally, we have clarification on the police officer who was shot. One officer arrived on scene, attended a wounded victim and was ambushed by the shooter. His partner or another arriving officer came on the scene, confronted, shot, and killed the assailant.
Reports of a second, or multiple shooters appear to be too early to confirm.