Washington: In an ironical shootout, a gunman shot seven people to death and many others were critically wounded after he opened fire on worshippers at a Sikh Gurudwara (temple) in the suburbs of Wisconsin. The killer was later shot by a Police officer who was also severely injured.
The cop, who was rushed to the spot, after a 911 call at about 10:25 am, was also critically injured but "returned fire, and that shooter was put down",
Bradley Wentlandt, the police chief in nearby Greenfield, told the Press.
Investigators, who pricked through the Gurudwara afterwards, found four dead bodies inside and two other victims outside, plus the gunman, Wentlandt was quoted as saying.
On the other verge of the incident, there were also reports of few more attackers who could have hidden inside but the Police could not find any of the other gunman, the officer said later.
The officer who saved many lives as he did not care of his own was to go under surgery after he resisted several bullets on his body and despite that killed that offender, Wentlandt said.
Carolyn Bellin, a spokeswoman for Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital told that one of the three men brought there from the incident was under surgery, while the other was in the surgical intensive care unit.
All the three were in critical condition while the third was under observation in the emergency.
"I just want to say this temple was built a number of years ago and there have never been any problem with this temple," Oak Creek Alderman Dan Jakubczyk said. "They've been a plus to this city and to my district."
However, just as the reports of the firing came to fore, the Indian Embassy got in touch with the National Security Council (NSC) in Washington and deputed an official to visit the site to ascertain the situation in the holy place.
The Embassy is in view of the situation and has been in touch with the NSC, it said in a statement. "Our Consulate General in Chicago too has been in close touch with the local authorities to monitor the situation."
Among those shot was Satwant Kaleka, president of the temple, Wentlandt told the Journal-Sentinel.