CNN PRODUCER NOTE missrosslive says she and her friend were driving home after visiting a Buddhist temple when her friend received a phone call about the shooting at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Her friend is a member of the Sikh temple at Oak Creek. 'Today she was going to go to that temple, but she joined me to pray at my Buddhist temple instead,' she says.
The two women drove over to the Sikh temple where the road was blocked off by police. 'They let us in after my friend said she knew people at that temple.' The two women stood amongst a large crowd of people who were waiting for any new information about the shooting. 'The main emotion was anticipation, people were just waiting to learn more,' she says. While waiting for more news from the police, a young woman standing next to her received a call that her father and grandfather were shot. 'She just fell to the floor and started crying,' she says.
The group of onlookers was later approached by a police officer who informed them that the situation is still unfolding, and he tried to answer people's questions. 'The officer was giving updates, but there were a lot of questions people had that he couldn't answers. One guy asked the officer, "So we should be panicking" when the officer said this was an ongoing situation,' she says. She and her friend waited outside the temple for more than an hour. While they waited outside, she noticed that people outside the temple were getting calls from inside the temple.
'From what I heard there are still children locked in there. As my friend was explaining to me, they were preparing for a celebration and anyone can come to the celebration,' she says. The shooting has taken her by surprise. 'We were just talking about the Colorado shooting, and then this happens,' she says. 'I am African American and I am Buddhist, but looking at this, you just see a bunch of people who are family, and who are worrying about their love ones,' she says.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer