Sunday, August 5, 2012

Massacre in Milwaukee

A lone gunman has attacked a Sikh temple in Milwaukee. There are reports of at least seven dead, including the assailant.

A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, killing at least six people and wounding a police officer before being shot to death, police said.

Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt, acting as public information officer at the scene, said the shooting was reported at 10:25 a.m. at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan. The shooting happened shortly before Sunday services were to begin.

A police officer who is a 20-year law enforcement veteran responded to the scene and confronted a gunman outstide the temple. The officer was shot multiple times, Wendlandt said. The officer returned fire, striking and killing the gunman. The wounded officer was taken to a hospital where he was undergoing surgery.

Wendlandt said four bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected gunman, were outside.

The link above will provide updates as they occur.

NBC didn’t break into the coverage of the water-polo match between the USA and Italy at the Olympics to report the story. Because this is a Sikh temple and a place of worship for a faith that is not “mainstream,” I wonder how much coverage this will warrant from the cable news networks and if they will go into the depths of self-examination that came from the shootings in Aurora. It shouldn’t matter — mass killings are horrific regardless of the victims or the number — but somehow it does.