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The scene of the shooting
The scene of the shooting

7 people dead in shooting at Sikh temple in Wisconsin

The suspected gunman is among the dead at the mass shooting at the temple.
Aug 5th 2012, 6:59 PM 10,690 61

Updated 20.15

SEVEN PEOPLE, INCLUDING the suspected gunman, have been killed in a shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin in America.

Many more people are believed to have been wounded in the shooting which happened shortly after 10am local time (3pm GMT) at Oak Creek, near Milwaukee.

Greenfield police chief Bradley Wentlandt said this evening that a police officer who was the first officer to arrive at the scene is among the people who have been injured.

He said that the police officer had fired back and shot dead the suspect.

Four of the bodies were found inside the temple and three, including the suspected shooter, were found outside.

Wentlandt said that it is not believed that there is a second shooter inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin but added that the situation was “extremely fluid”.

Local media outlet OakCreekPatch cites a witness who reports  that the shooting happened during a morning service.

Another witness described the shooter as a white male with a heavy build and wearing a sleeveless t-shirt.

The head priest of the Sikh Temple is believed to be among those shot.

The first call to emergency services came at 10.26am local time (3.26pm GMT). Police and at least ten ambulances are at the scene and at least two people have been taken to the main trauma hospital in the area.

The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin was completed in 2007 and has hundreds of families who attend the temple.

- Additional reporting by AFP

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