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Injured Officer Continues to Improve

Mayor Scaffidi said Lt. Brian Murphy was in good spirits on Monday. However, another victim of the Sikh shootings remains in critical condition.

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said Police Lt. Brian Murphy was in good spirits when he visited him in the hospital Monday.

Murphy continues to recover from injuries sustained while responding to the Aug. 5 shooting at the . The veteran Oak Creek officer was shot , including once in the neck.

Murphy was in the intensive-care unit after he arrived at the hospital, but has progressed quickly. He , and on Thursday, Froedtert Hospital announced he was upgraded to satisfactory condition.

"He had a lot of energy. I took that as a good sign," Scaffidi said. "He looked great."

Murphy's family released a statement Friday thanking the police department and first responders, who helped take Murphy away from the scene, and the Froedtert Hospital staff.

"We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support and compassion we have received from so many people during this difficult time for our family, and especially thank the Sikh community for including us in their prayers," the family said. "As we continue to support Brian and hope for his recovery, we remember the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy. They, and the entire Sikh community, are in our thoughts and prayers."

Another victim in Sunday's attack, Santokh Singh, is also in satisfactory condition. He was shot in the chest and is recovering after two surgeries.

His nephew, Gurjeet Singh, said in a statement the family is encouraged by the progress that Santokh Singh has made and is touched by the outpouring of support.

Punjab Singh, who was shot in the head during the attack, remains in critical condition.

According to the hospital, Punjab Singh's gunshot wound caused facial fractures and damage to his right carotid and vertebral artery. There is evidence he suffered a stroke afterward. He is breathing with the help of machines.

Mark Schaaf August 14, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Donations info-- An account is set up for the family of Lt. Murphy at BMO Harris Bank. All BMO Harris/M&I locations will accept donations. www.wearesikhs.com is taking donations for the families of those killed and injured Aug. 5. They are closing in on their goal of $300,000...
prem August 20, 2012 at 03:45 AM
mark, for people abroad who wish to donate to the fund for the family of Lt Murphy, how do we go about it. I checked the BMP Harris bank website but could not find the swift codes and bank codes and account number that would be needed to send a donation to this account. Pk
Mark Schaaf August 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM
That's a very good question...checking on this now.

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