August 5th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

Police chief: Temple shooting being treated as "a domestic terrorist-type incident"

[Update 5:16 p.m.] Oak Creek, Wisconsin, police Chief John Edwards said authorities are treating Sunday's shooting at a Sikh temple in that community as a "domestic terrorist-type incident," adding that the FBI will head the investigation. There was a service going on at the time of the shooting. Edwards was not willing to divulge any information about the shooter or the victims. No one is still inside the temple, he said.

[Update 4:52 p.m.] President Barack Obama said Sunday in a statement that "at this time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers" and vowed to "provide whatever support is necessary." He added, "As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family."

[Updates 2:45 p.m.] Greenfield police Chief Brad Wentlandt says four people were found dead inside the temple, three dead outside; one of those outside was the gunman.

[Updates 2:27 p.m.] The suspect shot by an officer was killed, authorities said.

[Update 1:57 p.m.] One officer was shot multiple times, and one suspect was also shot, Greenfield police Chief Brad Wentlandt said. The officer is expected to survive. Wentlandt said the suspect was "put down."

[Update 1:42 p.m.] People are believed to be trapped inside the temple, the area's city councilman said. "As far as I know, it is still an active situation," Alderman Dan Jakubczyk told CNN.

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[Update 1:22 p.m.] Two men have been admitted to Froedtert hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. One is in critical condition in the surgical intensive care unit; the other has been sent to an operating room.

[12:39 p.m.] Authorities responded to an incident at a Sikh temple in Milwaukee County on Sunday, where at least one body was seen lying in the parking lot. CNN affiliate WTMJ is reporting that multiple people may have been shot outside the temple.

WTMJ reports that the gunman may be on the loose. Aerial pictures show multiple bodies in the parking lot.

The shooting happened at about 10:40 a.m. local time, according to WTMJ.

Sikhism rose up 500 years ago in India as a monotheistic religion that rejected the caste system and scriptures of Hinduism.

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  1. Gohek

    Has 9/11 tattoo, targets mostly Sikhs wearing turbans, is a bald white 40 year old male: "Not a hate crime"
    My condolences to all the families and to the ones who have died, Sikhs sound as nice as Jehovah Witnesses, and, although tragic, this situation allowed me to learn about their culture.

    August 6, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Ohana

    Please do not call the Sikh Gudwara a "Temple" and make the correction on your story ASAP.

    August 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. patorikkudozzu

    OMG, Sikhs fought against the mughals throughout most of their existence! They were constantly being persecuted for their religious beliefs. Jeese, how many of their gurus were killed by the muslim rulers, afraid of their seperatism and militarism? If you had to pick one group which was persecuted by muslims the most (except for pagans, or maybe hindus prolly) it would be Sikhs, and now Sikhs are being persecuted for "looking like muslims." Ow, that has got to sting.

    August 9, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
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