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Sheriff’s Dept. releases 911 calls from Sikh Temple shooting

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office released the 911 calls from the Sikh Temple shooting that took place on the morning of 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.

Dispatcher: "Milwaukee County Sheriff 911, Dispatcher Bobbit. How can I help you?"
Caller: "Hey, we're down on 7420 Howell. Some guy's shooting a gun. Some temple or something."

Caller: "(whispering) Help, someone's at the temple."
Dispatcher: "Okay, is it regarding a shooting?"
Caller: "(inaudible)"
Dispatcher: "Okay, okay."
Caller: "Help! Hurry up!"
Dispatcher: "Okay"
Caller: "Please."

In some calls, the sound of gunfire could be heard in the background as worshippers inside the Temple sought refuge in closets and pantries.

Caller: "Sikh Temple of Wisconsin on Howell Avenue."
Dispatcher: "What is the address there, ma'am?
Caller: "75... (sound of gunfire)... shooting, somebody's shooting."

At one point, with phones ringing nonstop, a Milwaukee County dispatcher says, "Oh my god."


Calls continued to flood both county and local dispatch centers throughout the ordeal. Both sides of the conversation were constantly seeking information. But it often ended with more questions than answers.

Dispatcher: "Location of your emergency."
Caller: "(inaudible)"
Dispatcher: "Hello?"
Caller: "Sikh Temple."
Dispatcher: "Yes sir, police are on the scene sir. Are you a witness?"
Caller: "(screaming in background)"

Sikh temple victims

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.

As of Wednesday, August 15th, Santokh Singh had been released from the hospital, according to an update from Froedtert Hospital. Punjab Singh remains in critical condition. Oak Creek Lt. Brian Murphy is in satisfactory condition at Froedtert.

Also on Wednesday, a large message of thank you from the Sikh community was seen along Howell Ave. It thanks Oak Creek for everything that has been done for the Sikh Temple. One message even says, "Brian Murphy is our hero."

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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