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Gunman kills 6 at Sikh temple in Wisconsin

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Six people were fatally shot on August 5, 2012, at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee in an incident that shocked members of the nation’s close-knit Sikh community.

During a religious service, police said, a man entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and sprayed automatic-weapon fire, killing four people inside the building and two more outside. He then wounded one police officer before being shot to death by another officer. Three people were injured, including the temple president.

The shootings, which happened about 10:30 a.m. Central time, caused chaos at the 15-year-old temple, with reports of multiple gunmen and of police, in tactical gear and carrying assault rifles, surrounding the building. Police said later that they think the man killed was the only shooter.