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. damo12345

    Clearly the solution is more guns. Don't rest until every toddler is armed.

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

      Make how to operate a gun, and how to kill a kindergarten curriculum.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. clemvinson71

    guns don't kill people; insanely stressed out, hateful, bigoted sociopaths kill people. Since we have the locked in stone right to bear implements of mass death; the only clear solution is to remove people from this country. All of them. Its the only way we can insure the reputation of our guns. Ban people, right now..

    Maybe an exchange program, turn in a relative, and get a shiny new desert eagle. We need to be more proactive on this people control issue, before they start giving guns a bad name.

    Or, I guess we can talk about gun control, but thats not gonna get us anywhere.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      Does my mother in law count as people? I want a new gun

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

      I don't think having people turn in their cousins is the answer. More guns is the answer to the people problem. If everyone is armed and encouraged to resolve their differences with their guns, the whole people problem will go away.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paddyo

    Could we wait until all the facts are in before we make this about politics?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ~~~

    Foreign people mess everything up.

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

      like new people at work.

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

      Uneducated Racist Stupid White People mess up everything by committing Mass Murders!

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

      Not surprised you don't use your name. Your are obviously a fool.

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

      i agree. We need to send them back to Alabama where the came from.

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

      People in Middle East and Asia say the same thing.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      India people are all job stealers. They should not be allowed here. Any corporate f@tcat that outsources jobs to India needs to be jailed.

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

      ~~~ .. I assume you were one of the BOAT people with the slogan "TONY" who were uneducated, jobless & starving to death who came here . still wavvy, dizzy after your boat ride... as your sign ???

      August 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      when you say foreign people .. did you mean aliens from outer planets??... because to the people on earth everybody knows we came from somewhere.other than INDIANS !!!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trex

    ................GUNS DONT KILL........................................................republicans that allow NUTS buy guns at will, do..........

    August 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. SafeJourney

    Roger smith, how do YOU know there are jihadist involved? Are you in contact with the gunman?

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

      other news outlets are reporting there are 4 jihadist in the building killing people. we know this from people calling from inside the building they said the muslims took the children to the basement.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Levron

    And just how do we know these people aren't really Muslim terror!st? Just because some of you claim they aren't doesn't mean they aren't. We need to send them somewhere else. Maybe to Alabama or somewhere equally disgusting.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    @Joe: Excellet comment. I'm glad there are lots of compassionate people like you who are educated and show the world that not all of us Americans are like this gunman

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. americanfunkster

    prayerr for all those effected by this white cristian terrorism

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom Joad

    It's like I'm a Jetson living with the Flintstones.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. zzebie

    Sikhism was not formed with an intent to reject the scriptures of Hinduism. Some of the earliest adopters of Sikhism were Hindus, who were influenced by Guru Nanak the founder of Sikhism, and became his followers. Many prominent figures of Sikhism such as Bhai Gurudas were considered to be experts on Hindu scriptures.

    Sikhs are valiant and hard working people. They are often confused with Arabs/Muslims, and hence this senseless actions from ignorant people against them. Not that killing anyone is justified.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chris

    Did the Islamic nut jobs do this? Who doesn't like the Sikhs?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Monty

    Never mention anything about a golden temple, they will go nuts. But seriously why would anyone want to harm these ppl?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daniella Isaacs

    I don't know what's more frightening: another mass shooting in less than a month, or some of the comments on this thread (by people like Christopher Wood...)

    August 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Deep

    I think some idiot mistook them for muslims.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • payal

      ur so right

      August 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mavent

      Wouldn't be the first time. Remember the guy who murdered a Sikh right after 9/11, because "all middle-easterns look the same"?

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

      Oh and you think killing muslims is okay? Or harming any other religion

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