Monday, August 6, 2012

A Gunman Opened Fire at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin Yesterday, Killing Six.

It's only been a few weeks since the tragic shooting in Colorado and we're reporting on another mass shooting in this country. Around 10:15 A.M. yesterday, a man opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. He killed six people, injured three critically, and it's been classified as an act of domestic terrorism. One of three wounded was an officer who reported to the scene. The gunman ambushed and shot him, but a second officer returned fire and killed the gunman. The first officer has been hospitalized and is expected to survive. The names of the victims and the shooter haven't officially been released, and the FBI will be releasing more information today. But some details and rumors are leaking out. Supposedly the shooter was bald, white, in his 40s, was sporting a 9/11 tattoo on one arm, was an Army vet, and might be a white supremacist. But nothing's been confirmed yet.  (--As of Sunday night.)
There are about 700,000 Sikhs in the U.S. and 30 million worldwide. Sikhism originated in south Asia and has more than 19 million members in India. Sikhs share some traditions of other Indian religions like Hinduism and Buddhism, including the idea of karma. But Sikhs are NOT Muslim, and NOT from the Middle East.

UPDATE AS OF 5:37am 8/6/12
One witness to the shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin says the gunman never said a word, he just began firing. Six people died as worshippers prayed and meditated during Sunday services. The gunman was killed during a shootout with police and authorities are calling the incident domestic terrorism.
(Associated Press)

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