WISN news in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is reporting that a neighborhood has been evacuated in connection with this morning’s mass shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Shortly after 5 p.m., neighbors said a team of law enforcement officers, including from the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, had entered a home in Cudahy. Authorities have blocked off several streets surrounding the house.”
The WISN reporters state that there is a “huge police presence” surrounding the duplex in the Cudahy neighborhood and that about two dozen families have been told to leave.
The residents have been instructed not to talk with news media, and it is not clear whether the police have reason to believe here is any danger or if they are using extreme caution because of the booby-trapped apartment of the Aurora, Colorado shooter.
According to a helicopter news crew, what appeared to be a bomb-sniffing dog was led around the perimeter of a house on Holmes Avenue as police attempted to determine how to enter. At 6:20 local time, an armored assault vehicle had arrived along with trailers full of equipment.
Note: Additions and corrections have been made to this story as it develops.
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