Monday, August 6, 2012

Dr Stephen Greer: Sirius Filmmaker Arm Kaleka's Father Shot at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

Twitter Message from Dr. Steven Greer:

Sirus filmmaker Arm Kaleka's father shot at Sikh Temple.  He is on scene now. Please pray for his family. Dr. Greer.






http://rt.com/usa/news/wisconsin-shooting-temple-sikh-916/

Gunman, six hostages dead after Wisconsin Sikh temple siege (PHOTOS)

Published: 05 August, 2012, 21:25
Edited: 06 August, 2012, 06:17
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)

At least seven people have been killed and twenty injured as a gunman took over a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The number includes the gunman, who was killed by police. Officials are treating it as a "domestic terrorist-type incident."
Four of those shot died inside the temple, while the three others (two victims and the gunman) were killed outside. Tactical units scoured the temple and concluded there was no second gunman, a claim police say was based on the fact that they had received several radio calls about the shooter.
Three adults have been hospitalized with gun wounds into their faces, police report. They are all in critical condition. The temple’s president, Satwant Singh Kaleka, was among the wounded, though his condition remains unknown, his nephew Jatin Der Mangat said.
The first police officer to arrive tried to help a wounded victim outside the temple, but was “ambushed” by the gunman, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said. A second policeman then shot the gunman, killing him. The wounded policeman was taken to hospital and is expected to survive. 
Edwards said the incident was being treated as a case of domestic terrorism, with the FBI conducting an investigation. He noted that authorities would not say anything more about the investigation, including the names of the victims, until Monday.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson said the investigation was in its early stages and that the gunman’s motive hasn’t been determined.
Several hours after the shooting, Wisconsin police evacuated homes in the Milwaukee suburb of Cudahy, located about six miles (or ten kilometers) from the temple in Oak Creek. Four blocks were roped off, and officers searched one house in the area.
A duplex owner stated that police were targeting his property. He said he had rented the duplex’s upper unit to a man about a month ago, but did not identify the tenant.
FBI agents and law enforcement officers were seen arriving in Cudahy with police dogs, an armored truck, a trailer and other vehicles. A Milwaukee sheriff’s spokesperson also reported that a bomb squad was on the scene, though she did not provide further details.

‘We never expected this to happen to us’

As many as a hundred people were gathered at the Brookfield Temple for a morning service. The temple was holding a special children's service today, with a featured guest from India. Many potential victims were spared, as the temple was only partially full when the attack began, an hour before a big Sunday service was scheduled to start.
A man opened fire in the temple’s parking lot at around 10:30 am, according to witness reports. He then entered the building and continued his rampage.
The first information from the scene came from the temple's head priest, who was reportedly locked in a restroom with a cell phone.  The gunman was described as a white male, bald, with a stocky build.
Some attendees were reportedly able to escape from the temple, though many remained inside. A number of congregants hid in closets, while others texted their friends and relatives outside for help.
Energy officials shut down the building's gas supply as a precautionary measure, witnesses told local news, while police have cordoned off the street where the temple is located. 
Harinda Kaur, a 22-year old student, was on her way to the temple with her mother when she heard the news. Upon arrival they were sent by police to wait at a nearby parking lot.
Our priest, he's dead. One of my friends' grandfathers, he's dead,” Kaur bemoaned. “We would never have expected it would have happened to us. It's a very close-knit community. No matter who's hurt, we're all family.”
Journalists were told to keep a safe distance from the area so as to not compromise the rescue operation. 
"We would plead with the media at the scene to not broadcast any photo, video of tactical units, officer movement, and particularly no aerial footage of the event as it's ongoing," Greenfield Police Chief Wentlandt said.

Presidential contenders react dolefully

Homeland Security advisor John Brennan informed the president of the incident, who then issued a statement.
Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin,” Obama stated. “At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.”  
President Obama also said his administration would provide support to the officials investigating the shooting, and said the tragedy reminded America of how much the country "has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.
Mitt Romney, Obama's presumptive Republican rival for the presidency, issued a similar condolence statement.
“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin," the former Massachusetts Governor said. “This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community."The temple draws worshippers from as far as Chicago, St. Louis, Missouri, and Cincinnati, Ohio.
New York police said they were increasing security presence around Sikh temples throughout the city as a precautionary measure. 
The deadly incident comes just weeks after another fatal shooting in Colorado. Twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded by a lone shooter at a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, the latest Batman flick, in the city of Aurora.
Hate-crime type attacks on Sikhs have been on the rise in the United States since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, rights groups say. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported over 700 such incidents since 9/11. Advocates say the prejudice is largely fueled by the appearance of observant Sikhs. Devout followers do not cut their hair, and males refrain from shaving and wear turbans, leading some to confuse them with Muslims.
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed the mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Bystanders looks on as SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed a mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Bystanders looks on as SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed a mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Bystanders are directed by police officers as SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed a mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Bystanders are directed by police officers as SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman stormed a mass and opened fire August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Darren Hauck / Getty Images / AFP)
Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin  (Scott Olson / Getty Images / AFP)
Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Scott Olson / Getty Images / AFP)
People wait for word on family and friends in front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Scott Olson / Getty Images / AFP)
People wait for word on family and friends in front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Scott Olson / Getty Images / AFP)
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8 comments:

  1. How does a town of about 35000 afford the police vehicle in picture 6? I also find it curious that it does not identify the jurisdiction (City, state, etc.)
    Dennis Patterson--Deer Park, WA

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    1. I totally agree. That's a local police vehicle? Why does this small community need a TANK? As you're all driving around your own towns, pay attention to the local government vehicles that your tax dollars have paid for. And I mean ALL of the vehicles - from your local library to city works to park district! It's embarrassing. I live in a small community - 81,000. The waste that goes on is ridiculous and the cars/trucks that these arms of the local government use is shameful. Huge double cab pick-up trucks with only the driver and nothing being hauled in the truck bed. WHY? And our police force - goodness - the body gear that they wear????? Shameful.

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  2. Notice the totally different type of media coverage here compared to Colorado. IMHO, the Colorado shooting was pre-planned, staged, etc. Even the President's schedule was uninterrupted for a publicity visit. I doubt you will see him here. I don't mean to downplay the grief of this incident. On the other hand, i do not know any of these people personally, and am rather unfortunately immunized by the deaths of people all around the world each and every day; considering that we probably only see about 1% of any of it, even with Al Jazeera and others online.

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  3. These good people were there just for prayer, study, and worship. Who could have imagined going to a house of worship on a Sunday morning and being gunned down by such evil? That just isn't supposed to happen in our beloved country. I do not know the basis of the Sikh faith, and very likely, I don't share it, but faith is faith, and God is God, so I will pray for them several times today, in the hope that I can help complete their own shattered prayers. May God bring peace and His great love to ease their shock and pain during this horrible time.

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  4. Last time I saw those kind of vehicles was on the streets of Belfast in 1981!!! What on earth are they preparing for?

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    1. I don't mean to point out the obvious, but, didn't you mean, "what were they prepared for?"

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  5. Anon I think AK said it right. Take a look that vehicle looks brand new, well i'm sure it is kept inside, it just seems that during this time when we have less and less money and our states are almost all bankrupt our police have the ability to have such new vehicles. Not to forget that this thing count probably take a rocket launch.

    J can only imagine what they haven't shown us yet.

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  6. Remember the heroes:
    Satwant Singh Kaleka (the father of the Emmy Award Winner, Amardeep Singh Kaleka)
    Abhay Singh
    Amanat Kaur Singh
    Savan Nick "Sam" Lenda
    Brian James Murphy (Semper Fi)

    We are one!

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