Tattoos on the body of the slain Sikh temple gunman and certain biographical details led the FBI to treat the attack at a Milwaukee-area temple as an act of domestic terrorism, officials said Sunday.
The shootings in Oak Creek, Wis., left seven dead, including the gunman, and three critically wounded. One of the injured was a police officer who was expected to survive.
A federal official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media refused to say whether the gunman was thought to belong to a hate group or some other violent group because the investigation was still unfolding.
The shooting, which killed seven (including the shooter), is now believed to be the work of only one gunman, despite earlier reports suggesting otherwise. (more here)
20:50 // 2 years ago
Terry Ratzmann, a buttoned-down churchgoer known for sharing his homegrown vegetables with his neighbors, walked into the room and coolly fired 22 rounds from a 9mm handgun, going up and down the rows.
One of Ratzmann’s friends begged him to stop, calling him by name and saying “Stop, stop, why?”, Police Capt. Phil Horter said. Chandra Frazier dove under a chair. The man sitting in it died.
"I just remember crawling on the carpet and just praying, screaming out and praying," Frazier said in a broadcast interview on Sunday.
Before it was over, seven people, including the church’s minister and his teenage son, were killed and four others wounded. Ratzmann then took his own life, police said.
Ratzmann was a regular of the Living Church of God; it’s unknown at this time if the Oak Creek suspect or suspects had any prior ties to the Sikh temple. (more here)
14:59 // 2 years ago
At least four people were shot just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, and a police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.
Victims were being taken out of the temple.
Among those who were shot was the president of the temple.
People were in the temple as early as 6:30 a.m. Sunday and many more were arriving for a service that was to begin about 11:30 a.m.
There were reports that children were taken to the building’s basement after shots were fired.
In an early report, the head priest, locked in a restroom with a cell phone, claimed that that there were as many as 20-30 victims. Other early reports claimed that there might be a hostage situation with multiple shooters. As for motive, committee member Ven Boba Ri told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that while things were not clear as of yet, ”it’s pretty much a hate crime. It’s not an insider.”
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14:03 // 2 years ago