At least seven people have been killed after an armed man opened fire at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, in the US state of Wisconsin, authorities say. The suspected shooter is believed to be among those killed.
Police were called to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the suburb of Oak Creek, where witnesses said several dozen people were gathering for a service on Sunday.
Authorities found four people dead inside the temple and two outside, Bradley Wentlandt, police chief of nearby Greenfield, said.
Sunny Singh, 21, of Milwaukee, said a friend pulled into the temple’s parking lot, heard shots and saw two people fall down. The friend then saw the shooter reload his weapons and head to the temple’s entrance, Singh said.
The first police officer to arrive at the temple engaged in gunfire outside the building with a man police believe was the shooter, Wentlandt said. The suspect was killed, he said.
Tactical units went through the temple, and authorities do not believe a second shooter was involved, Wentlandt said.
It is unclear how many others were wounded. Wentlandt said he had been told the officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect and another person had been taken to hospitals.
He said the officer was shot multiple times and is in surgery and is expected to survive. The spokeswoman for the area trauma center said three victims were being treated there, including one who was in surgery.