OAK CREEK -- Oak Creek police released Wednesday 911 calls from the Sikh Temple shooting that took place on Sunday, August 5th. The shooting left six dead and three critically wounded.
The 911 calls give listeners a sense of the terror that took place on that Sunday morning at the temple. These calls are different from the 911 calls handled by the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Dispatch Center -- which were released on Wednesday, August 15th.
The six victims of temple shooting are identified as — Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65; Prakash Singh, 39, and Suveg Singh, 84 — and 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur.
Among the wounded, Santokh Singh has been released from the hospital. On Wednesday, August 22nd, the Froedtert Hospital website lists Punjab Singh in critical condition and Oak Creek Lt. Brian Murphy in satisfactory condition.
Here's a transcript of some of the calls made on Sunday, August 5th.
OPERATOR: "Oak Creek 911. What's your emergency?"...What's going on?"
CALLER: Uh, yeah. I was just in the parking lot going to go in and I hadn't parked yet but I heard gun shots and someone was shot. I think someone was shooting. Some guy was. I left, you know because I didn't, my kids were in the car. He was bald and he had glasses on and I think he shot somebody with a turban. And, ah I'm....left the site. But i just wanted to let you guys know.
CALLER: "He went inside the temple. He's planning on shooting other people."
OPERATOR: "Oak Creek 911. What is your emergency?"...He's in a church with a gun!"
CALLER: "Yeah. Yeah. He's shooting. He's still shooting. I can hear it in there. He's in there shooting people."
OPERATOR: "He's in there shooting people?"
CALLER: "Ah, yeah. He had a gun. He was shooting on the outside and then we seen them run in there." Uh, a bigger guy. White shirt."
OPERATOR: "Bigger, okay. Bigger gentleman. White male?"
CALLER: "Yeah. White male. Looked to be, I mean, we were a hundred yards away. We were doing the lot next door."
OPERATOR: "Okay, a bigger. Okay. a white male with a gun. And what can you tell me, anything else?"
CALLER: "...it's a handgun that's all I know."
The man at the center of the shooting is 40-year-old Wade Michael Page. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in the moments after he shot up the temple — following a gunshot wound to the stomach fired by an Oak Creek police officer.
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