Sunday, August 5, 2012

At Least 7 Dead in Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin

This is awful.

At the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal, "At least 7 dead, including shooter, at Sikh Temple."

At least seven people were killed, including one shooter, just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, police said.

Four of the dead were inside the temple at 7512 S. Howell Ave. and three of the dead, including a shooter, were outside the temple.

A police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.

They started removing injured people from the temple's prayer room.

SWAT team members were still sweeping the building about 1 p.m. and an explosion was heard from the building at that time. It was unclear what the explosion was.

About six gunshots were heard at 2:30 p.m. in the area. The shots appeared to be coming from the temple.

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

The shooter went down and is believed to be dead, said Wentlandt. He said authorities had no evidence of a second shooter.
Check the thread at Memeorandum as well.

So far progressives haven't blamed the tea party, but ... Oh wait, here's Kathleen Geier, at The Washington Monthly:
No details have yet been been released about the gunman, but it seems reasonable to suspect that the shooting was racially motivated. I’d say the odds are good that the shooter was some idiot who believed that Sikhs are Muslims (and that Muslims, of course, are all terrorists).
Right. No details. Just like Brian Ross had no details on the Aurora shooter, but went ahead anyway and fingered the tea party. And who would be most likely to attack Muslims? Why, conservatives, of course. Because progressives just love them some Islamofascism!

Also at Blazing Cat Fur, "Reports of shooting at Sikh Temple..."

Expect updates...

2:26pm Pacific: At The Other McCain, "‘It’s Pretty Much a Hate Crime’ — Seven Reported Dead in Sikh Temple Shooting UPDATE: Act of ‘Domestic Terrorism’."

2:39pm Pacific: At The Lede, "Reports from the Scene of Shooting at Sikh Temple."

2:41pm Pacific: And from the comments at Raw Story:
They should arrest Michelle Bachmann, Frank Gaffney, Trent Franks, Louie Gohmert, Thomas Rooney, Lynn Westmoreland, John Bolton, and Glen Beck as accomplices.
2:48pm Pacific: Still little is known about the shooter, but here from Sarah Betancourt at Liberaland:
Online forums are rampant with racist comments about Muslims. Sikhs don’t practice the same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say. According to a CBS report, “Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/11, which advocates blame on anti-Islamic sentiment.”
5:35pm Pacific: At Lonely Conservative, "Sikh Temple Shooting Already Being Blamed on Republicans."

6:10pm Pacific: At Sooper Mexican, "How to Politicize a Tragedy."