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. Jay

    Ah, I see that god isn't doing anything to protect his devotees. Religion is as big an evil, if not bigger than, as guns.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Natlaie Florez

    I hope he shoots more cops.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      Naah, thats all being done in the inner city. Hooray ignorance!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ~~~

    Indian women are nice, but they look oppressed. Indian men are gross. India has gross customs about gender. and the caste system is truly disgusting, but sounds like this group broke away from a caste system. that's good.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger smith

    its funny how its allready been confrimed by phone calls comming from the building that its a muslim terrrrror attack involving for to five people.

    yet the liberals keep hoping its xtian who thougth the sikhes were muslims

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

      Darling it's a white man

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

    Stop speculating until you know what happened

    August 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steins

    Crazy white people!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MarcusD

    People from India are the Nast!est most unclean people on the planet. Also most probably the rudest. They are some gosh awful people. If you don't believe me, go spend some time in Northern India.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian-Hindu

      Well man.. I heard u had a bad experience. But, don't write people off. It is quite similar for me to go to Elgin or south Chicago n thinking about the dominant communities are a certain way n furthering my ignorance by stereotyping all Americans because of that. Grow up man!!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Roger smith

    liberals are so over joyed that it maybe a xtian who mistook them muslims.

    when in fact its terror attack by moolusms

    August 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vern Sawyer

      Learn to spell the hateful things you write correctly.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Riegler

      Roger, you keep on saying that, and it simply isn't true. It's a heavyset white man wearing a sleeveless t-shirt. He has been shot by a police officer, who was injured by gunfire as well.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D.G.A.F.

    Hahahaha, it was expendable. That's why 🙂

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

    This is America we already know what happened!

    Some stupid White Person was told by GOD (Rush Limbaugh) to kill Muslims and the idiot went to a Sikh temple which are NOT Muslims.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      This is America, we already know what happened!
      Some ignorant minority blames the white man for all of his troubles!
      It's the 21st century, take ownership of your own failures and move on 🙂

      August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. CosmicC

    Why is everyone assuming what happened without any real information? All that appears to be known is that someone with a gun killed a bunch of people. The possible causes range from some idiot outsider with guns thinking Sikhs are Muslims to some idiot member of the congregation with guns being upset that their spouse was cheating on them with another member of the congregation. The only thing we can know for sure is that our society's love of guns and belief in conflict resolution though physical means has cost more lives.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clemvinson71

    how many "cold, dead hands" do we need before common sense kicks in? In light of the fact that we are held hostage by special interest in this country (the NRA wingnuts being one of the biggest offenders), the only viable solution is to arm everyone. Let us all commence shooting each other until our self-loathing reaches a breaking point, then maybe we will be ready to use thought rather than force as a means of working together.

    body count up, common sense down. How many more bodies before we are ready to do better than this?

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

      As a preamble, I am a liberal democrat. Now, if you allow the government to take away guns, then you have no more defense against a rouge government.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      In a perfect world my government wouldn't wear any rouge. They would already have pink and rosy cheeks

      August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    I tried watching CNN: one minute of reporting, two minutes of commercials (for BP touting the Gulf region, which *they* ruined), ine more minute of reporting, lather, rinse, repeat.
    I'm getting more information from thesse comments; how pathetic is *that*?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    Can’t blame a US citizen for committing murder when his own government commits mass murder and encourages hate and racism. Idiot probably thought they were Muslims, that’s how much Americans know about Islam, Sikhism, or anything else in this world. You breed violence, you get violence.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roger smith

    its already been confffirmed by phone callls comming from inside the buildinng that there are 5 attackers adn that its terror atttack by islam.

    muslims halv killed over five million hindues since 1972

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

      LOL well actually they haven't, so get your spelling right mate

      August 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Riegler

      Except that Sikhs aren't Hindi. Those are two different religions, bozo.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
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