Oak Creek, WI Sikh ShootingSubmitted by MrSingh on Mon, 08/06/2012 - 21:43
Its terrible to hear what happened from people who were there. The Kaleka family are friends of ours so I can only relay what they said. I heard all of this, this afternoon... and don't want to add anything extra until more is known. There were enough people there and after a while enough of this will be known publicly.
The shooter showed up in the morning when only a few people (less than 50) were there for Akhand Paatha special family-related prayer. As soon as the first shots were fired outside Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was a very large strong man, ran out to confront the shooter. At this same time the other few people (mainly elderly, women, and young children) went to take cover. Kaleka Uncle held up the attacker but was eventually shot and killed.
One of the preachers who, while hiding, called Kaleka's son to tell him there was a shooter who shot his father and to come to the Gurdwara immediately. That preacher who made that call was later killed.
I don't know anything else that happened, at this point... but from what I was told it appears the shooter shot the first preist he saw outside, then went inside to hunt down the remaining preachers (who he eventually found and shot) when he was confronted near the entrance.
I am going to assume the shooter didn't know the difference between a Mosque and a Gurdwara and an Imam vs a Bhaisav... but it appears he was determined to hunt down and kill the preachers.