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. dert

    Here we go.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Superman

    Heart goes out to the victims families and i hope they catch this beast that did this

    August 5, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Siara

    A certain segment of our population is really, really sick.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Hey dude you beat me to it LOL good morning dert

    August 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. hpeters77

    People are going gun crazy, stop the shooting and show LOVE

    August 5, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sairafatah

    This makes me sick

    August 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joh`

    Probably some deranged white dude killing sikh thinking they are Muslims

    August 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Din

      This is completely my thought. Not that there's any good reason to shoot up a Mosque, but what have the Sikhs ever done to anybody?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • dont be a sucker

      as a white man, i usually find those posts offensive....but...in this case you might be right

      August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Y.H

      Stop assuming things. We do not know what happened.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Osvaldo Alfaro

      Basically......yep

      August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • CM

      I thought the same thing.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Christopher

    Probably more Muslim or left wing terrorism, like that democrat terrorist who shot those people in Arizona, or that black bloc occupy left wing terrorist who shot those people in movies or those 3 left wing occupy terrorist who wanted to blow up the bridge or the extreme large number of murder attacks on people all around the world by Muslims.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      Nope. It's a White guy. There's a description on another site.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • mklsgl

      Let me guess, you claim to have impeccable critical-thinking skills.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MsJoanne

      Wow. The misinformation is stunning. Ignorance at its finest.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • RMB

      Was your father an idiot, too?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cindy

    I have been expecting this from Wisconsin.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earnest T Bass

      Why Troll?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. nancybrad

    Muslims!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Superman

    The segment that is really sick is the segment of the neglected people that are slipping through the cracks and are not getting the help they need in there younger years not all symptoms are burried so deep to were we as parents can not see them

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      You have the right to make excuses for them but in reality, there is no excuse for thugs. Lots of people slip through the cracks and don't pull this kind of garbage.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kevin

    So sad. My heart goes out to the families of the victims.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DaMaskMan69

    I'm getting Sikh of shooting stories like this

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rebel

    Christian shooter thought they were Moose-lims.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      Sadly, I agree.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carman

    Think you guys are the only ones that can commit cowardly acts, killing people? HAHHA! Take that, one who wears rags on thier head! I hope several tuns into many turns into hundreds! They have earned it! Peaceful religion my butt!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tr1Xen

      This is a Sikhist temple. Do you even know what Sikhism is?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      preach on, good sir!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • A

      You realize Sikhs aren't Muslims, right?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reason & Logic

      Sikhs are NOT Muslims. Go back and do some research.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aeryn

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Proud of your butt-ignorance, are you? Anybody who doesn't look like you is a terrorist, right? Time to put more bars on your windows, dude!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • kh

      Morons, your bus is leaving.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in Indy

      Ignorance abounds. Sikhs are in no way Islamic. Their religion is vastly different from Islam.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Your ignorance is astounding

      August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lalaru

      I hope you are joking, Sikh's are extremely peaceful people, as are most Muslims, but Sikhs have nothing to do with Muslim religion at all.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      Carman, if you are somehow referring to Islam in your comment, Sikhs are not Muslims.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sikh

      The ignorance in this country is the reason why were so hated. Thank you Camran, without you, the world would be a better place.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Singh

      Trailer trash comment. Not helpful. Totally inappropriate.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt B

      Carman is obviously an ignorant racist moron who doesn't know what Sikhism is. I wouldn't be surprised if the gunman has the same idiotic mentality.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cas

      Carman,

      Do you have any idea about world affairs? Do some research! You sound very arrogant. Sikhism is alot different from islam. Besides, these are innocent people. You dont say this. You cannot judge someone for their religion, race or color, its by their actions. Clearly your actions and words are no different than the ones that are spreading fear or hatred.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Prabh

      If you cant respect someone else's religion, at least learn to respect human life and shed a tear for humanity that's slipping away every day.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • hOAH

      LOL ok my ignorant white American. Go drink your beer...enjoy the Sunday. Let the grown ups handle this ok? Good 🙂

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • palak

      you idiot. your brain is so small-u don't even know sikhs are not muslims..more so, sikhs are among the most peaceful and god fearing people just like hindus..they are NOT COWARDS for sure.,hence can never do such cowardly acts...u moron..

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Hey dim wit ... In ur language ... U want some .. U come get some !!! U jerk ... Ur ignorance is astounding. It's lives you are talking about. Sikhs or Muslims ... U all r comparing extremism with religious peaceful people. But, it's because of ignorance lives are lost everyday. Sikhism is a religion of warriors. We are peaceful until people like you want a go at us!!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarbjit

      Why is it idiots like you are not the ones that get shot at...

      August 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Carmen, Sikhs are NOT muslim! Why don't you do some research before you prove to everyone what a fool you are?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacqueline Donaldson

      I think you're mixing up you religions! Sikhs are non-violent and have no record of violence against people other than a couple famous battles back in the 1700's and in the 1800's due to invasion of their home territory and their women and children being taken as hostages. I visited, 'The Golden Temple' in Amritsar which is one of the holiest Sikh temples in the world and it's was such an incredible and humbling experience. Beautiful people. Open your eyes, get yourself educated and talk with people instead of AT them.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Carman why don't you start packing your bags and learn some chinese because pretty soon you useless person is going to be looking for work to teach english and making ends meet. Oh wait your probably arent qualified to speak english properly either lose lose situation for you

      August 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MBS

      I get the really uncomfortable feeling in reading many comments on various sites, that many would like to have been right there with the gunman taking lives – and if they didn't get caught, they probably would.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
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