Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Real-Life Heroes: Heroism in Wisconsin

As if the Colorado shooting wasn't enough, a monster opens fire in a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. A moment of silence for the victims, and a moment to honor those risked and gave their lives in the defense of others. 

"The six killed in Sunday's attack were identified by police as five men -- Kaleka; Sita Singh, 41; Ranjit Singh, 49; Prakash Singh, 39, and Suveg Singh, 84 -- and a woman, 41-year-old Paramjit Kaur."

Satwant Singh Kaleka

Earlier Monday, the son said he was not surprised his father tried to stop the gunman at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
"It's an amazing act of heroism, but it's also exactly who he was," Amardeep Kaleka told CNN Milwaukee affiliate WTMJ. "There was no way in God's green Earth that he would allow somebody to come in and do that without trying his best to stop it."

Amardeep Kaleka told CNN that the FBI told him his father attacked the shooter in the lobby, resulting in a "blood struggle." A knife close to the victim's body showed blood on it, he said.
"From what we understand, he basically fought to the very end and suffered gunshot wounds while trying to take down the gunman," said Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka, Satwant's nephew.

Lt. Brian Murphy

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, a 21-year veteran and a finalist to be police chief two years ago, is being called a hero for his selfless actions during the rampage.
Moments after Murphy was shot, more officers arrived at the scene. Among them was Sam Lenda, a 32-year veteran Oak Creek police officer. 

 Lenda, who is also being hailed as a hero for his actions....He had been shot nine times, one of them very serious in the neck area, and he waved them off and told them to go into the temple and assist those in there," Edwards said Monday.

While Murphy remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday, Edwards said he was resting and surrounded by his family. Lenda did not wish to discuss the shootings Monday.
"Lenda does not consider himself a hero and is not interested in being a part of any story to that effect," said Jim Palmer, executive director of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association. "He feels as though he was only doing his job."