10:20 a.m.: The shooting begins, according to WISN. It’s believed to be a hostage situation, as people inside the temple began texting family and friends for help. It’s unclear to police whether there’s one or more shooters.
Around 10:45 a.m.: Reports from the scene begin flooding Twitter:
#sikhtemple Head priest locked inside bathroom with cell phone as an estimated 20 to 30 victims in temple. Ambulances waiting— Karen Herzog
Wide shot of #templeshooting scene http://t.co/A4794wHb— A.J. Bayatpour
#sikhtemple Two shooters possibly still inside with children as hostages, according to texter— Karen Herzog
#BreakingNews Hospitals near Oak Creek, WI told to expect 8-20 victims #templeshooting— WGN TV News
11 a.m.: Family members continue to wait for updates outside the temple. (See more photos from the scene here.)
#sikhtemple SWAT team preparing to go inside temple now. Children hostages in basement— Karen Herzog
St. Luke’s Hospital on Milwaukee’s south side issues standby alert for mass casualties. #templeshooting— NewsHub
Around noon: Officials announce that the suspect has been taken down by police officers. We later learn that one of those officers is a 20-year veteran who was shot multiple times. (He’s expected to survive.)
@asio_267 a gunman has been shot. No word if he is lone shooter. Familu members outside say shooter was white male— A.J. Bayatpour
Police describing the situation as very fluid. Asking media to stop using helicopter images.— Ashley Sears
1:45 p.m.: Police announce that seven people are dead, including the gunman. It’s unclear how many were injured. Police haven’t identified any other shooters.
2 p.m.: Officials begin releasing statements:
The Indian Embassy:
We have seen reports on the tragic incident earlier today of firing at a group of worshippers in a Gurudwara in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The Embassy is seized of the situation and has been in touch with the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. Our Consulate General in Chicago too has been in close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation. An official has been deputed to visit the site to ascertain the situation on-the-spot.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker:
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
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.
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.
4 p.m.: At a news conference, police label the shooting a “domestic-terrorist type incident.”
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