Big welcome for Lt. Brian Murphy, Sikh Temple shooting victim

  • OAK CREEK - Lieutenant Brian Murphy was critically wounded during the shooting rampage that killed six people last month.

  • On Sunday, he made an appearance at a fundraiser to benefit the victims.

  • This is the first time Murphy has appeared publicly since he was shot in the line of duty. A cast was visible in his hand and his family was at his side.

  • Murphy arrived to a hero's welcome at the fundraiser in the bowling alley parking lot across the street from the Sikh temple in Oak Creek. Despite a wound to his throat, the lieutenant wanted to give a public thank you.

  • "I just want to let everyone know how appreciative I am, my family is for your kindness, prayers and support that means so much to us," Murphy told the crowd.

  • This is the same lot authorities used as staging ground when responding to that mass shooting last month.

  • Murphy survived more than dozen gun shots, and more importantly survived to celebrate his birthday.

  • At his side was Oak Creek Police officer Sam Lenda. He fired the shot that took down the temple gunman.