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. Kuljeet Singh

    This is a terrible incident but let's not go blame people. Sikhism isnt about hatred and incident like this shouldn't make us forget Sikhism's teachings. Hopefully there won't be many others hurt and the person responsible get medical help that he requires.

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

    Well, if they had stayed over there in India with their elephants and cows and had not been over here taking American Jobs, maybe they would still be ok.

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

      why are you so biter? Concentrate on your life and let others be. We as people should be decreasing the amount of racism instead of increasing i almost feel sorry for you and the way you think its sad it's the 21st century wake up!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • KG

      Americans like you will make any excuse for not being able to find jobs huh...like blaming others. Shame on you, loser

      August 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SS

      So you are justifying the shooting? This is worse than committing the heinous act.
      I pray God to give you some peace!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Jeff, it's obvious you are angry at Indians, and I would bet to say unemployed. Why not use the energy you use posting to look for something to better yourself? Just a thought.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anonymous

    There is so cure for IGNORANCE. lately there's is no room left for respect for other religions either. I have respect for all religions but what happen today is not okay. innocent people dying for the mistakes of people who can't educate themselves or have the courtesy to know from right to wrong my heart goes out to the victims family.

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

    For everyone specifying that "Sikhs aren't Muslims," what are you getting at with this exactly... would it have made it OK all of a sudden if it were just an American mosque that got shot up instead?

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

      Omg you're so right, everyone is being so stupid and idiotic. It's not right to kill anyone

      August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sammy

    America is getting too out of hand, it should really sort gun crime out and not caring about wars in other countries

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

    I cannot even begin to understand what would cause some people to leave such racist and derogatory comments when such a tragedy has taken place. People truly need to get their priorities sorted out, because at the end of the day the race or colour of a person should have nothing to do with anything- and people shouldn't look at that as a reason to start making up things about subjects they know nothing about.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mickey1313

    They are pasifists and equalitarians, of all theistic groups to attack, this should be the very last one. Catch and hang the shooter.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LD

    Some stupid Santa Claus believing WHITE CHRISTIAN who doesn't know the difference between Sikhs and Muslims is behind this!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      LD, you are a racist idiot.

      D.G.A.F., you are as well calling LD a monkey. I can only assume you think he's black because everything he's been posting is about whites. You know some people pose as members of other races to keep the racial fire burning on these sites. Just a thought.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • 82nd Airborne

      LD your late for your Black Panther party meeting.

      August 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Osama

    Ignorant American gunman probably mistook turban wearing Sikh for Taliban Moslem.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. us_1776

    Did Rush incite another right-wing crazy to go shoot some Sikh's?

    Is there any group outside of WASP's that Rush doesn't hate?

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    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. krm1007 ©™

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and with those in harm's way. Our law enforcement and EMS are the best of the best and I am sure they will respond with their full ability, swiftly and professionally.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gianco

    The Sikh religion is a branch of the Sunni Muslim sect. They practice their jihad by taking American jobs.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ??

      what r u on

      August 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kme

      You are an idiot. Google Sikhism and your will see how much of an idiot you are.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      You ignorant turd. It is an offshoot of hinduism. And they are pasifists. do you just hate everyone who is not christian? Ya I thought so.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vern Sawyer

      Sikhism is an offshoot of hinduism you imbecile.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      What world do you live in? Sikhs aren't associated with Muslims. People like you are the reason everyone hates Americans. You are a disgrace to the American culture. Show some support for other communities. Just like your ancestors, these people also came to America to live the American dream and get a better quality of life. Don't think it's "your" country because you were here before them. Get some sense into your mind.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MMS

      Sikhism originated from Islam??? In this day and age of internet when you can post on here..how can you not bother to google stuff before spewing nonsense...ignorance is sad but you're just downright lazy...that's even worse...hope you find a way to crawl back into the cave you crept out of...Neanderthal!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Roger smith

    reported fourrr muslims attaking in the building this is a terror attack.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amelia

      Erm no, seriously omg

      August 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • arab dude

      hey buddy , your cousin been calling from the temple .. he want some more white trash backup...and yea bring your sister too

      August 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mdell27

    Jeff, Sikhism is NOT an offshoot of Islam.. It branched out from Hinduism.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      Same thing. Still just smelly people that never take baths.

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

    "God Told me to kill Muslims so I went to the first temple I saw"

    Typical ignorant White Person

    August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
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