Children who spotted shooter seen as heroes at Milwaukee Sikh temple

| August 6, 2012

Aug 6 (Reuters) – Women at the Sikh Temple in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek were busily preparing lunch in the community kitchen on Sunday when two children burst in and screamed frantically they had seen a man with a gun outside.

People began running in every direction, and 14 women, along with the two children, rushed into a narrow pantry. There was no lock, and so the women pressed their bodies up against the door to keep anyone from entering, witnesses said.

"Everyone was falling on top of one another," said Parminder Toor, 54, speaking in Punjabi as her daughter-in-law, Jaskiran Kaur, translated. "It was dark and we were all crammed in."

The children — who were not immediately named, but who worshipers said were not yet teenagers – – had been playing near a window in another room when they saw the gunman. Their parents had gone to a nearby grocery store to buy juice for the weekly community lunch, witnesses said.

Six people, as well as the shooter, were killed on Sunday morning when the gunman entered the temple and fired on worshippers with a handgun as they prepared for religious services. Police identified the gunman as Wade Michael Page, 40, who was in the U.S. Army from 1992 to 1998.

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