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. ducdebrabant

    Well, Sikh terrorists did fill up the Golden Temple of Amritsar with weapons, and Sikh bodyguards did assassinate Indira Gandhi, but I'm willing to believe that all this is exceptional. I wonder, though, if this is some idiot who doesnt' know the difference between Sikhs and Muslims, and is fanatically anti-Muslim. I know that after 9/11, the Sikh cabdrivers in Manhattan were getting a lot of grief.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daljit Kaur

      Are you kidding me? They were protecting their religion their temple you idiot. Educate yourself first. Wouldn't you do that for your religion. Indira Gandhi marched into the Golden Temple with military killing thousands of people. Don't be going around spreading false information that you probably have learned from a Non Sikh. Any religion in any country will use any means to protects its religion if someone tries to harm it.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • john1425

      Ms Daljit Kaur – Indira Gandhi would not have sent the army if Bhindranwale had not armed the Golden Temple. Bhindrawale was not defending his religion, he was only trying to save himself from being arrested for killing Nirankari's Baba Gurbachan. Read up on the facts before making any stupid statements.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    I bet it was Mitt Romney!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerome Horowitz

    I don't think there should be commercials before stories like this.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Donna

    Geez, mass shootings are starting to become a weekly occurrence. Don't go to a school, political gathering, theater, church or temple, or even McDonalds. It's beyond control. Have gun shall kill.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Roger smith

    guns are banned in chicago and its the murder capittol of the world, under liberal democrat control.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ari

      guns are not "banned" in chicago and whoever told you so was seriously misinformed.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ducdebrabant

      Guns are not banned anywhere in the United States.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpptpa

      Guns are banned in Chicago?
      Where'd that tidbit of news come from?
      The NRA hasnt heard of Chicago by chance?
      Hmmmm...makes one wonder.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Riegler

      Right, except that it's not even in the top ten. Check Wikipedia: United States cities by crime rate. It ranks below the following cities: New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, Oakland, Washington D. C., Kansas City, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Stockton, Milwaukee, and Miami. That puts it at eighteenth. Grow up.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Chicago's murder rate is 15.6 per 100,000. Milwuakee, Miami, and St. Louis are all higher. Detroit's is 48.2. Mexico's is 18. Want to revise that statment, Roger?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ari

    what's going on? it's been over an hour since the shootings and all CNN can say is "one dead guy, a couple of injured people"? this is journalism nowadays, eh? how about getting some eyewitnesses? statements from the police?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • john1425

      If this had been a white neighborhood incident, we would have been blasted by more than needed coverage in all media.

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

      Because it happend in a non white community. Sikhs never get coverage like this. On Sunday there's a lot of Sikhs at the Gurdwara so I'm SURE there are eyewitnesses.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jpptpa

      How about waiting until the situation on the ground is stabilized before demanding the media to provide incorrect or incomplete facts. A hour too long for you to wait?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arnab

    First of all my condolences

    Second , CNN should so research and then publish articles , Sikhism ha its own set of scriptures and its own set of beliefs it did not come into exitence due to rejection of hinduism. Hinduism is the ONE and ONlY true religion of the world which accepts everyone and anyone , stop spreading ignorant and racist messages , read the scripture first

    August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. FWA

    Wow how many people have to be slaughtered before fellow america wakes up ?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • glorydays

      Let me guess, our "leaders" will say "Now is not the time". Our bought, spineless politicians will NEVER find an appropriate time.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. glorydays

    Read some of these comments if you need proof of the dumbed down USA, not to mention any names, Jaf.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Dumbest country going right now......

      August 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kumar

    Anyone from India is just a job thief. They steal American jobs and work for peanuts. I think they feed the peanuts to their cows.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daljit Kaur

      Hey how about changing your name Mr. Kumar ? And Indians don't come and take jobs just like that. They work hard and it's not their problem that some "whites" don't want to be doing certain jobs so the Indians take those on. Stop hating.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Garuv

    For all the those who pass comment out of ignorance, the Sikhs have been fighting militancy/terrorism by Muslim ruler since the 17th century. Stop calling every minority a terrorist. They are one of the most hard working people with a formidable military background.Prime minister of my country is one of the renowned economist and happen to be a Sikh.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Roger smith

    other news has reported that its a terrorist attack by islam, 4 men carried out the attack and are still in the building killing people.

    muslims have killed over 5 milliion hindus since 1972

    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LD

    White Christians are the biggest TERRORIST of all time!!!

    I wonder what color hair this WHITE idiot will have?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • vowelmovement

      kill any kittens or puppies lately, paranoid hater?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*gina

      Ala teaches to fight and kill, God teaches to love and have mercy. You wrong bro.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • 82nd Airborne

      LD is a ranting racist, probably a member of the Black Panther party. You know, you one's the Obama administration allows to swing billy clubs around at voting booths in an attempt to intimidate voters.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. trex

    ...........I KNOW what will fix this......................................................................MORE GUNS, right nra?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • trollbuster

      Yes, more gun. Everyone carries a gun like old cow boy movie?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      More guns and less foriegners would have solved this issue before it started.
      Ooo Ooo, and some generally sprinkled ignorance and cowardice

      August 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. luv2savr

    Ditto about Sikhs being some of the nicest people on Earth! I am not one, but I've met several and they are basically the nicest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. This is very very sad, but hopefully it will raise some awareness about these amazing people.

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

      Thanks appreciate it.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
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