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. Joseph

    I grew up in this neighborhood. It is unbelievable, all the violence lately. We need to reevaluate gun laws to protect our children.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jan

    After 9/11 even the US government had to print posters explaining how Sikhs are not Muslims. Many people see turban and think oh that must be a Muslim. They don't know what a Sikh is.

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

      after 9/11 not one muslim was killed int he united states in retaliation for the attack.

      what does that tell you about xtians and americans?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |

    Not a huge fan of CNN, mainly due to their propaganda for Feds, but cannot be critical of their immediate posting of events in states, such as this one, which if readers here were watching tube or listening radio would of been comparable.
    CNN is huge org worldwide but they cannot be everywhere and anywhere and depend a lot on immediate local sources for info.
    As to coverage of this killing, and its reasons, what makes US citizens think they are somehow special and violence here more important an events in rest of world
    In india these kinds of events happen on an almost weekly event, and are almost all religion inspired.
    Sometimes the total dead and wounded are more on numbers of battlefield
    That CNn can even present the happenings as promptly ad they do is appreciated
    That is surprising as they have to spend a very large part of their resources promoying the causes of the empire, and blowing smoke and spinning the smoke.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. D.G.A.F.

    James, it doesn't really say anything like that. If I remember correctly, and I may not as it's been a long time, 1 example is "thou shalt not suffer a fool to live"
    Tells me we should be killing the stupid.

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

      But their not stupid so yeah

      August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Vern Sawyer

    I agree, all religion should be abolished.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger smith

      you should move to NK where it is.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bannister

      And I suppose you'd be the one in charge of rounding everyone up. Nazi.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unknown

      Say that when you arrive in hell, lol

      August 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jerrod

    In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pinto

      How on earth is your post anywhere related to the topic. Stop spreading misconceptions and false beliefs. This is not about India. People have so much misconceptions about India. Stop believing what media tells you to believe. Go to India(not just to slums) and see how liberal people are there.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David Riegler

    The Sikh religion is actually a minority in India and do not adhere to Hinduism.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Samad

      A human is a human no matter what color, religion or another thing matters in this case. May Lord have merci on these people and get them out safely and back in the arms of their loved ones.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. LD

    How hard is it to get on the phone with a Milwaukee News team that is on the scene!!!

    Too busy filtering the News and putting up BOGUS BP Gulf Ads!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jdoe

    No big deal. This is right around the time people forget about the last mass shooting anyway.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Larry L

    @Roger smith

    other news has reported that its a terrorist attack by islam
    Any bets on Fox News?

    August 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • LD

      FoX News....more like Fox Propaganda!!!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger smith

      actually local stations, peopel know whats going on because peopel are hiding and calling from inside the building. the jihadist took the children to the basement.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David Riegler

    None of which are adherents to Sikhism.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Patti

    STOP THE AERIAL VIEWS!!!!!!!! Didn't they just ask you to stop?!?!?!? What the hell?!?! Quit risking the investigation!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dekemar Punjabi Rajneesh

    As part of our culture, many of us from India do not take baths. It is customary to not bathe children until they are over the age of 6. It is believed the child will dissolve if they get wet because they are in fact made of cow duung

    August 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.


      August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pinto

    No one is talking about hindus here. Stop barking and take care of pakistan it's already hell on earth.

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

      Agree with what u said. Hindus and Sikh they live in peace in India. Sikhism came into existence when hindus gave there elder son to Guru Govind Singh to fight muslims.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Nate


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