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. Gary T

    Probably Hindu extremists behind this attack. Hindus have been victimizing Sikhs throughout the years in india and abroad in western countries.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neel

      Or a Paki like you!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian-Hindu

      Gary t n cole .....For real guys ??? Who is educating u people ???? Sikhism branched out from Hinduism. N Hindus r attacking Sikhs!?!?!? Get ur facts straight.

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

      Reports and tweets suggest it's a heavy-set white male.

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

      Gary T stop using christian names to hide your paki reality. No one is terrorizing sikhs in India. Sikhs are one of the most respected communities in India. Go get a life paki and use your real name MF.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Boo

    Why don't you list all the white terrorists in the world

    Ie Oklahoma bombing, shooting of children in Norway, atrocities of war on "terror"

    August 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cole

    Hindus need to back off attacking Sikhs. This is not India ...this is USA

    August 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neel

      Another Paki in disguise

      August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasmine

      It was a white guy shooting everyone so get your facts straight

      August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Roger smith

    this was a weell oragainzed attack. according to peopel hiding int he building there are four to five muslims. and they took the children to the baement for some reason

    August 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Riegler

      None of what you're saying is true, Roger. Shut up.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      you shud be ashamed of yourself .. You have no idea wat u talking about ..

      August 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nathan

    Guys chill, it was a white man okay and I think the people inside the temple would know and not really lie in a place of worship so chill guys

    August 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pinto

    None of which are really terrorist groups. No record of international violence. Just some hindus trying to protect their religion in increasingly growing islamic influence in india.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. karan

    Do anyone knows Sikhs have fought world wars (both) for US and UK.Battle of Saragarhi is a landmark in bravery please Google Sikhs in World War.Sikhs have most medals in Indian ARMY. India ,where Sikhism was born.As a martial race they excelled and even Brits acknowledge that they are Spartans of India.And laid lives for right causes since birth of Sikhism.But all together they are peaceful.
    May all victims of this tragedy rest sin peace.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kevobx

    The world is afraid of grace and truth, God rested on the seventh day? The Lord of hosts is ruling, Esau, descendants are Dukes! Who is hosting the Olympics? The Dukes, and what did Great Britian do to America, but start the slave trade in Virginia. The white man is a cunning hunter, who calls God the Father a liar? Synagogues and temples are evil. Ask God about Jeremiah 7:4 and Revelation 2:9.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      While you're at it, ask God where I put my keys. I can't find em

      August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Neel

    Sikhism was formed as the final militant resistance movement in the 15th century against the invading Mughal (Islamic) armies that conquered most of India starting in the 11th century and began the sytematic persecution of Hindus in India.
    Sikhs are all basically a warrior clan mainly in the North-Western part of India (Punjab & what is now called Pakistan) who rose to protect their Hindu bretheren against the Muslim invaders. The last name 'Singh' is given to baptized Sikh males meaning lion and the last name 'Kaur' is given to baptized Sikh females meaning princess/lioness. According to their faith, Sikhs dont cut their hair but wash them daily and wrap them in their turbans.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jared

      We are aware Hindus have mowed down Sikhs in India and bulldozed their temples.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Noel

    The shooter is some ignorant white man who thinks Sikhs are Muslim....Conservatives are So Stupid. The have no idea what a Sikh is. Do us all a favor put down the six packs, stop listening to Beck and Limbaugh and walk into the 21st century before you get left behind.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      It's a damn good thing all the non-whites are able to tell the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim then

      August 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jared

    We have been saying all along that Hinduism is a cult. A terror inspired sect that is wreaking havoc in South Asia and now have brought terror to USA by attacking Sikhs per comments here.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. clemvinson71

    If you participate in our society, YOU have financed and fostered the culture of hate that breeds these types of attacks. We systematically undermine foriegn affairs, breeding hatred with our own violence; then when that hatred comes home to roost, we have the gall to be upset and apalled by it. This is a symptom of our social, political, and militaristic culture. Own up to it. After all, your tax dollars are creating this...

    August 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Neel

    Sikhism was formed as the final militant resistance movement in the 15th century against the invading Mughal (Islamic) armies that conquered most of India starting in the 11th century and began the sytematic persecution of Hindus in India.
    Sikhs are all basically a warrior clan mainly in the North-Western part of India (Punjab & what is now called Pakistan) who rose to protect their Hindu bretheren against the Muslim invaders. The last name 'Singh' is given to baptized Sikh males meaning lion and the last name 'Kaur' is given to baptized Sikh females meaning princess/lioness. According to their faith, Sikhs dont cut their hair but wash them daily and wrap them in their turbans.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill

    Tthese are Indian hindus taking revenge as Sikhs had assasinated their prime minister Indira gandhi many decades ago.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. zzebie

    Sikhs are not muslims. In fact they stood up against forced conversions to Islam. They protected the Hindus from Islamic invaders and paid with their lives.
    Sikhs are valiant, hard working and loyal people. Hope the crisis ends soon

    August 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
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