Injured Officer Improving, Sikh Victim Leaves Hospital, 911 Calls Released
Oak Creek Lt. Brian Murphy was in good spirits and Santokh Singh was released from the hospital after two surgeries. Another victim of the Sikh Temple shootings, however, remains in critical condition.
One of the victims wounded in a gunman's Aug. 5 attack on the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin has been released from the hospital, and the injured police officer is recovering well, the Oak Creek mayor said.
Santokh Singh, 50, was released from Froedtert Hospital after two surgeries repaired the damage done when a single gunshot to his chest penetrated his diaphgragm, stomach and liver.
His nephew, Gurjeet Singh, said in a statement the family was touched by the outpouring of support. They asked the media to respect their privacy as Santokh Singh continues his recovery.
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Two other temple shooting victims remain at Froedtert: police Lt. Brian Murphy, who is in satisfactory condition, and Punjab Singh, who was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.
A fourth victim was treated and released on the day of the shooting.
Murphy was in good spirits when Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi visited him in the hospital Monday, Scaffidi said.
The veteran Oak Creek officer was shot at least eight times, including once in the neck.
Murphy was in the intensive-care unit after he arrived at the hospital, but has progressed quickly. He was walking two days after the shooting, and was upgraded to satisfactory condition on Aug. 9.
"He had a lot of energy. I took that as a good sign," Scaffidi said. "He looked great."
Murphy's family released a statement Friday thanking the police department and first responders who helped take Murphy away from the scene, as well as Froedtert Hospital staff.
"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and compassion we have received from so many people during this difficult time for our family, and especially thank the Sikh community for including us in their prayers," the family said.
"As we continue to support Brian and hope for his recovery, we remember the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy. They, and the entire Sikh community, are in our thoughts and prayers."