HAND-CURATED POSTS FROM THE WISCONSIN BLOGOSPHERE (AND SOMETIMES POINTS BEYOND)
“The Sikh Coalition’s thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting, the Sikh community of Milwaukee, and the larger community of Wisconsin, which we know will stand with their Sikh neighbors with their support and prayers during this very trying time,” said Sapreet Kaur, the group’s executive director.
“There have been multiple hate crime shootings within the Sikh community in recent years and the natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case. Let’s let law enforcement investigate the case and as new facts emerge the dialogue can change. Americans died today in a senseless act of violence and Americans of all faiths should stand in unified support with their Sikh brothers and sisters,” he added.
As authorities searched a home in Cudahy Sunday evening believed to be the residence of the man who shot and killed six people at an Oak Creek Sikh temple, a woman whose son owns that home shed some light on the shooter.
The mother of the suspect’s landlord told Patch Sunday she believed the man had “just broken up with his girlfriend.”
Via Brookfield, WI Patch.
In a press conference with law enforcement, multiple agencies confirm that the Sikh Temple has been cleared and everyone has been removed. They confirmed that seven people including the suspect are dead. Three others were injured including an Oak Creek officer. That officer and his partner engaged the suspect and likely saved a number of lives in stopping the shooter.
There were initial reports of multiple gunmen. Officials are investigating but believe there was just the one shooter.
In a statement issued by the White House, Obama tells the people of Oak Creek, Wis., that “the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers.” He says, “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.”
“Every Sunday we have a Sunday mass, you know?” said [Harbreet] Singh. “We come here to pray. This was an unexpected to happen. There was nobody armed. We come here for pray, you know? Don’t have getting guns and there was nobody to defend them.”
Singh also says he he feels helpless and angry over the incident.
“I don’t know why these people do this, you know?” Singh said, distraught. “These are peaceful people. They just come here. This is the kind of hate crime that should be stopped and should be done something about.”
Remarks on the shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI.
Via 620 WTMJ
At least seven people were killed, including one shooter, just after 10 a.m. Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, police said.
A police SWAT team entered the building before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building at 7512 S. Howell Ave.
Around noon, they started removing injured people from the temple’s prayer room.
SWAT team members were still sweeping the building about 1 p.m. and an explosion was heard from the building at that time.
@TamraTellsIt `Rookie Blogger’ is that how we say moronic fool nowadays? #wiright #p2
Via 620 WTMJ.
…also helping Obama in Wisconsin is his competitiveness among demographic groups more favorable to Republicans.
For instance, Obama has run essentially even with Romney among white blue-collar voters in Marquette’s polling this year, even though he runs well behind Romney with these same voters nationally.
He’s running slightly ahead of Romney with whites age 60 and over. And the President is running only a few points behind Romney among white men. That’s also much better than Obama is doing nationwide.
In short, Obama’s weaknesses nationally are less pronounced in Wisconsin…
No easy time.
Stopping Neumann? Of course…
If Walker were to endorse, the two mostly likely possibilities would seem to be Thompson, who was the state’s influential GOP governor when Walker was coming up in politics as a state lawmaker; and Assembly Speaker Fitzgerald, who helped pass Walker’s agenda during the stormy outset of his gubernatorial term (Walker called him a “great guy.”). By contrast, Neumann and Walker were rivals in a somewhat contentious 2010 primary for governor. And Walker has comparatively little history with Hovde, a political newcomer and wealthy businessman.
Oconto County Zoo can’t get required federal & state permits, so local government won’t issue one, either.