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. Solitaire


    A recent report by United Press trust of India (UPI) stated that during the past three years more than 2,500 young boys and girls were sacrificed to goddess Kali in India. Another of AFP's recent reports say: hundreds of young boys and virgin girls are sacrificed every month for the deity Kali. In one case Rama Sewak hacked his eight year old son to death in broad daylight in Delhi because goddess Kali had told him he would come back to life and bring him good fortune. Bloodthirsty Kali is worshipped openly the length and breadth of India. Kali's statue stands naked astride the inanimate body of the Hindu deity Shiva, tongue stuck out with blood dripping from fang-like teeth. She holds a noose, a skull-topped staff, a blood-encrusted sword and a severed head. She is also known as Durga, Devi, Shaktima, Uma and Parvathi in other manifestations. The priest of Delhi, Kali Bari, says that a child sacrificed to Kali ensures a man the birth of a son. Human sacrifices are also made to these gods or goddesses, either to appease them or to ask favours of them.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. A True Sikh

    People do not realise how much we've had to fight to protect out faith. Us Sikhs never back down. Just remember – we were the ones who went to the frontline when American and English soldiers were too scared to go, we were the ones who used our swords when ammunition ran dry.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Really

    All I can say is read a good number of these comments, and you can see why America is sliding backwards.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 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 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Spades

    The Aghori or Aghouri is a Hindu cult that is considered to have split off from the Kapalika order in the fourteenth century AD. They have cannibalistic rituals. The streets of northern Indian cities are littered with followers of this cult carrying a kapala, which is a cup made from a skull! These bizarre people will eat anything from rotten food to animal faeces. In order to achieve the highest citadel of enlightenment, the Aghori will perform horrendously crude rituals. The finality of their rituals is attained from eating the decaying flesh of a human.

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

      So many Paki's here trying to spread their hate proganda and malign those who are not Islamic

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


      August 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aces

      Wow. I lived for 40 years all across India. Never once did I come across any such person or ritual. I do not blame you though. Your Pakistani bosses are not feeding you the right information.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ricky from Virginia

      Shame on you. There are plenty of ignorant people like you who know little about the world but write nonsense because of their tragic upbringing, poor genes or drug abuse. I bet you are on 'dole' scavenging on tax payers' money. Get out of hole my friend and see the world through an open mind. That may change your opinion. Or does it matter! Better stay in your hole and keep spitting the venom. And for your information I visit India very frequently and have never seen what you are describing. So back to your hole....

      August 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      don't be ignorant, and don't speak about things you read on wikpedia. Grow up. And friend, our people are not many jeffery dahmers do we have hiding out in the U.S?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Janessa

    you aren't funny

    August 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stop Reading These Posts!

    I am now worried I am losing intelligence after reading each post. The majority are ridiculous!

    Thank you to some for being rational, logical and sane! I think you may have saved SOME of my brain cells!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • concretemermaid

      Some commenters ignorance is astounding ....nauseating.The Sikh are peaceful people.get educated people!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • concretemermaid

      i hear is so sad.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      I doubt you have many brain cells left to lose.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jackal

    ARE INDIANS UBER TERRORISTS OR WHAT???? Forget the GDP, focus on these murder statistics.
    In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
    Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Ever been to India??? I would be interested in whatever first-hand knowledge you have about India and it's people. You're probably just another bigoted American.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Typical ignorant American... and you guys wonder why your stupid country is going up in flames

      August 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ozob15

      The U.S. is not India. The incident occurred here, not in India and has nothing to do with "uber terrorists" you cite one way or another. Discuss.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • flipnlucky

      your rant still wont get you laid.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garuv

      Jackal sounds awesome for a pakistani

      August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Wow, you really picked a great time to initiate a discussion on Indian societal problems. No doubt you will find a receptive audience eager to discuss the issues you have raised. If only everyone were as insightful, diplomatic, and kind as you are the world would be a much less violent place.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • randeep

      you stupid, people is dieing because wrong system. India is only country who believe scientific religion & thought. India discover math & science. Maya culture establish by Indian ( from india) you are illiterate you need to school again.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hyena

      What a successful troll! Perfect timing and placement to attract the utmost vitriol. Well done, Jackal!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karan

      Really have you been to india, have you seen any of the things you have described,. Oh wait, you depend on New Channels so you must have seen it in news,. First go to india and see it for yourself and then talk trash, if you see any of the stuff that you have said. Now lets talk about Education, despite the fact that many indian citizens don't get over the top salaries, they make sure their kids get educated and don't depend on government for help in Food, or Shelter. In United States, people who don't make enough, gets health insurance, food stamps, and rent controlled apartments, and still their kids refuse to go to school, because they are getting free help from government.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BeBe

    Hindu cult extremism is on the rise and fanning all terrorism worldwide. Indians are the bankers to and financing terrorism and supporting Talibans and Al Qaeda

    August 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ozob15

      Sikhs re not Hindus. Discuss.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Unless you are Indin, have ever been to India or have any REAL knowledge about India, please don't post your rediculous comments about this story. You all make me embarassed to be an American.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • randeep

      you are 101% wrong, India is only country who oppose the terrorism first. Sikh people start fight against muslim terrorism 300 year ago.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jennifer

    Our country has howww many people in it? Someone is going to be insane and disagree with religion, race, whatever the case may be. If you are that angry over something so trivial and wish to take lives because of your inability to cope with the human race, I'm going to suggest clearing your mind.. with a bullet.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Nate

    Did you know the folks from the Happy Days show lived close to Milwaukee. I think Laverne & Shirley live there too. I sure hope they are ok.

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

      and dont forget the crew from that 70's show!!!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. vlad92

    Another one. Gee, the shooter MUST be a white, redneck, right wing tea party member gun nut who is too stupid to know the difference between a Sikh temple and a Mosque, right? Let the unsubstantiated liberal blame begin!

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

      Well, that is the preliminary description of the suspect, so yeah.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avoice

      Racial profiler?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Curtis

      it's only funny because you know he'll fit at least 3 of those

      August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • W2Me

      HAHAHA. that is exactly what I think happened.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DaveinIL

    Now that's the right answer, "put down" like the animal he was.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. wildone

    Here we go again.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Neel

    Way too many Paki's here trying to spread religious hatred and malign Hindus and Sikhs

    August 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
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