Amardeep Kaleka waiting for word of his father, Satwant Singh Kaleka, the president of the Temple
Gunman killed by police after killing 6 worshippers at Sikh temple…
A police spokesman said that three dead bodies had been found outside the temple – one of whom was the shooter – while another four were discovered inside…
The shooting comes just two weeks after 10 people were killed when gunman James Holmes opened fire at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado. …Barack Obama was informed of the latest massacre. The President has been urged to address gun control as an issue ahead of this year’s election.
In the latest incident, which took place nine miles outside of Milwaulkee, police spokesman Brad Wentlandt said that a police officer who tried to engage the suspect was shot several times. The injured officer is a 20 year police veteran and was taken to hospital.
Mr Wentlandt said: “An officer arrived and engaged a suspect. That officer was shot multiple times. He is expected to survive,” he said. “The officer exchanged fire with the shooter. That shooter was put down. He is down at the scene and is presumed deceased…”
The temple was preparing for a meal which was scheduled to take place later in the day. Up to 400 guests were expected but not that many people had arrived when the gunman opened fire.
Witnesses suggested that women and children would have been at the temple preparing for the meal. Children’s classes were due to begin at 11.30am…
Ven Boba Ri, a member of the temple’s committee, said the man started shooting after he walked up to a priest who was standing outside, and shot him. Then he went inside and started shooting.
“We have no idea,” he said of the motive. “It’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”
Hate crimes are part of our all-American heritage. From lynchings to massacres, we have a world-class history of murdering numbers of people for reasons of race, religion and ethnicity. The gun culture fostered by nutballs like the NRA only makes it worse.
They will be on the political scene ASAP declaiming the usual rationales. They will not address principled points of access to guns managed in a principled and stringent manner – which does in practice make a difference. Which is why the United States leads the Western World in gun deaths.
UPDATE: The killer, Wade Michael Page, was a white supremacist – busted out of the Army after 6 years in 1998, reduced in rank.