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The Indian Embassy in Washington said that it was "seized of the situation and has been in touch with the National Security Council in Washington, D.C." While the Indian Consulate-General in Chicago too has been in "close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation," the embassy also noted that an official has been deputed to visit the site "to ascertain the situation on-the-spot."
On Twitter the Indian Ambassador Nirupama Rao noted that U.S. Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman “just telephoned me to express heartfelt condolences on the dastardly and horrible Oak Creek killings.” Ms. Rao also said that India’s Consul from Chicago N.J. Gangte “has reached Milwaukee, [and] will meet families of victims and local Mayor to begin with."
Meanwhile, aerial television footage showed at least one body lying in a parking lot outside the gurdwara, even as breaking news indicated that law enforcement officers “returned fire and [a] shooter was put down.” Unconfirmed reports quoted an unnamed member of the Sikh community saying that a Sikh priest visiting from New Delhi was shot at the scene of the crime.
Though police have not given any details on the identity or motive of the shooter, or released the identities of the victims, sources have told ABC News the shootings are the work of a "white supremacist" or "skinhead."
This affects our CE-5 community because our very own 'Sirius' filmmaker, Amardeep (Arm) Kaleka, is a member of that temple. His father is the President of the Congregation and was shot in the back while tackling the gunman. I don't know the elder Kaleka's condition at the present time.
Originally posted by samsamm9
Authorities in the US have confirmed a 40-year-old white man carried out an attack on a Sikh temple but they are refusing to name him.
Originally posted by MmmPie
reply to post by murch
People are LOSING THEIR MINDS.
What is going on? Is there always this many mass shootings and I'm just out of the loop, or is this new to society?
These people are pathetic, and should simply off themselves or find professional help instead of taking the lives on innocent people. Makes me sick.
1- The Oak Creek police have said they are treating it as "a domestic terrorist-type incident". An FBI agent said in a statement, "While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time."
2- Witnesses have described the attacker as a tall, bald, white man, about 40 years of age, dressed in a white T-shirt and black military pants and had many tattoos. One witness said he spotted a 9/11 tattoo on one arm of the shooter. The police suspect that the man lives close to the Gurudwara. A law enforcement official said he was not wearing a bullet proof vest.
3- The New York Times has quoted a local Sikh resident Manjit Singh as saying, "Everyone here is thinking this is a hate crime for sure... people think we are Muslims." Inter-faith groups have condemned the Wisconsin Gurudwara shooting incident, describing it as a "senseless" act of violence on religious freedom. Members of the local community in Oak Creek have expressed solidarity with the victims of the shootout.
Originally posted by JBA2848
Better picture of the guys truck. And I noticed the skull on the hitch ball.
Like this one.
edit on 6-8-2012 by JBA2848 because: (no reason given)