Sunday, December 30, 2012
Discussion on gun control, ownership and use has come to the forefront locally and nationally. Vote in our poll on the matter, and participate in the comments.
Three high-profile shooting deaths in the Milwaukee area since August — coupled with mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT — have heightened the national dialogue on gun ownership and control. It’s also increased the interest in Americans of owning guns. Sellers across the country reported surges in business following the Newtown elementary school shooting, and the head of the National Rifle Association called for armed security in schools. Meanwhile, Democrats plan to introduce federal legislation to ban production of high-capacity magazines, according to the Huffington Post. Have recent events made it more likely you would own a gun for personal safety? Or have they squelched any notion of owning one? Finally, have events and …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Authorities say attack was not directed by a white supremacist group or part of ongoing threat to Sikh community.
The FBI has announced the end of its investigation into the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, but the questions likely won't be going away. After 300 interviews, 200 leads and more than 200 pieces of evidence, the investigation did not turn up any evidence that Wade Michael Page's attack was facilitated by a white supremacist group or that it was part of an ongoing threat to the Sikh community, officials said in a statement released Tuesday. Patch's media partners at Fox 6 reported Tuesday that Page had contact with the Sikh temple on the Thursday before the shooting, asking what the Sikh community was all about. A woman welcomed Page into the temple and even offered him something to eat, according to the report. Page came …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Seventy-seven days after the attack at the Oak Creek Sikh temple, some temple members traveled to Brookfield Sunday to help console victims of the shooting at the Azana Spa.
For Oak Creek Sikh temple members, the events Sunday at Azana Spa in Brookfield were too reminiscent of Aug. 5. A beautiful, sunny Sunday morning. A lone gunman full of rage killing innocent people before taking his own life. A community overwhelmed by shock and fear. "It was a sickening feeling that something like that was happening," temple member Gurmukh Singh said. Radcliffe Haughton opened fire inside the spa just after 11 a.m. Sunday, killing three and injuring four. Police say the incident was related to domestic violence with Haughton's estranged wife. Singh and Pardeep Kaleka, who lost his father in the Aug. 5 attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, traveled to Brookfield Sunday afternoon to counsel victims' family members as part…
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen's guest column addresses the many kinds of heroism displayed after a shooter opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
On Sunday, August 5th, the world was stunned as news spread that a gunman had opened fire on worshippers and law enforcement at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. It was a moment in our state's history that we will never forget. Questions about motive still remain and may never be fully answered, but this column is not about the evil of one man. This column is about the strength and dignity of a community. For as sure as we bear witness to the suffering inflicted that day, we also bear witness to the triumph of courage and service over hatred. The heroism started as soon as the first bullet was fired, when many risked--and some lost--their lives to save others. The heroism continued, as people gathered outside of the temple …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Local Sikhs —families who worship in Oak Creek and Brookfield – say the Aug. 5 murders at the Oak Creek temple were not surprising given community fear and division.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Lisa Sink
Saturday, September 1, 2012
"That day scattered my world." That is what several local Sikhs repeat in the beginning of a newly created video created by Amardeep Kaleka, son of slain temple president Satwant Kaleka. Talking about the Aug. 5 massacre at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, local Sikhs — who worship in Brookfield and Oak Creek — say they believe the violence was not surprising due to ignorance, fear and discrimination. The video addresses immigration and shows images of 9/11 and the burning World Trade Center towers, as well as the temple shooter Wade Michael Page. "We must stand together as one to protect this (American) dream," one woman says. Others continue: "Engineer a safe society for our children. Safe neighborhoods are rich neighborhoods. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wade Michael Page died of a self-inflicted gun wound after he was shot in the stomach by an Oak Creek police officer.
Wade Michael Page, the man who killed six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Aug. 5, died of a suicide, according to the Milwaukee County medical examiner's office. An Oak Creek police officer shot Page in the stomach shortly after Page opened fire on police Lt. Brian Murphy. Officials initially said Page was killed by that officer, but three days later revealed that after the officer shot him, Page shot himself in the head. The medical examiner's report also includes comments from Page's sister, according to the Associated Press. She talked about Page's history of alcohol problems and how his demeanor changed over the past year. The FBI is still investigating Page and have not determined a motive. Click here for Patch's archived …
Saturday, August 18, 2012
First lady is expected to be in the Milwaukee area on Thursday in a move that national Sikh leader describes as "reassuring and heartening."
First Lady Michelle Obama is coming to the Milwaukee area on Thursday to meet with family members of the victims of the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. Obama will meet with immediate family members of those who were killed and injured, a White House aide told Reuters News Service Saturday on the condition of anonymity. It was unclear whether Obama would visit Oak Creek or the temple while she's here, or whether she'll meet with Oak Creek police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was one of four people injured in the Aug. 5 shootings. Murphy remains hospitalized and is in satisfactory condition. Obama also will attend a campaign event while in town. Gunman Wade Michael Page opened fire during a Sunday service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, killing …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
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. 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 …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Recordings show the terror and chaos during the Aug. 5 attack. Some calls came from those inside the temple, and others came from neighbors.
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday released 911 calls taken during the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. Patch's media partners at Fox 6 have the recordings, which you can find here. The calls give an idea of the kind of terror and chaos during the Aug. 5 attack — you can hear gunshots in the background of one. Multiple calls came from people hiding inside the temple. They spoke in hushed tones, unsure if shooters were still there. Calls also came in from neighbors, including one on Manitoba Avenue who was attending to a victim. The Oak Creek police and fire departments have not yet released recordings of their 911 calls. Officials said previously that video taken from Oak Creek squad cars is expected to be …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Mayor Scaffidi said Lt. Brian Murphy was in good spirits on Monday. However, another victim of the Sikh shootings remains in critical condition.
Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said Police Lt. Brian Murphy was in good spirits when he visited him in the hospital Monday. Murphy continues to recover from injuries sustained while responding to the Aug. 5 shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. 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 on Thursday, Froedtert Hospital announced he was upgraded to satisfactory condition. "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 …