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. Jon

    Our domestic issues are quickly becoming more action packed than most movies. Well done, America.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    It's a sicko a the sikh!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan

    Definitely a left wing or Muslim terrorist since all terrorism comes from them.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • kyactivist

      Right, and the Norwegian terrorist Breivik was definitely a lefty considering he targeted the kids for their leftism and their commitment to multiculturalism.

      Ignorant trolls are ignorant

      August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jaswinder

      Left wing who? KluKluxKlan, Hitler?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Janice Karzaki

    WHy do you keep running this story with the same comments over and over again. Please resume normal broadcasting unless you have something new to say. Continuing to say the same things over and over again IS NOT NEWS.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      They should take that time to educate the public about the culture and religion of these victims.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    I agree.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      Kevin is legend

      August 5, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. kyactivist

    Now that we have had two mass shootings in a matter of weeks, can we PLEASE start talking about taking guns out of the hands of people like this??!!!! We need gun control!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      If there were 1000 mass shootings a day it still would not justify illegally taking guns away from law abiding citizens. I will never give up my guns, they exist to defend myself from left wing terrorists who I will shoot to kill if they are dumb enough to attack me.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. darth cheney

    Guns don't kill people. They just kill people far more efficiently and put mass murder within reach of the garden variety murderer.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. magnus

    if you are correct, then execute him on the spot.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fandfauto

    Only in America!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasmine

      @really yah i agree! people are so ignorant and think anyone with a "turban" is a "Muslim"-people need education before just assuming like many do

      August 6, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hOAH

    Here we go another crazy white dude..killing minorities last resort/desperation to feed their insecurities.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. tim

    i bet some white psyhico is responsible

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mad as Hell

    I think the gun had something to do with it.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. snowdogg

    I didn't read that it was a Sikh who did the shooting. Why is everybody jumping on that bandwagon?

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

    @Carman: What exactly do you know about the Sikh faith? The Sikhs that I have known have all been very loving people who only want to peacefully go about practicing their faith – you know, LIKE THE FIRST AMENDMENT GUARANTEES!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sirned

    Hatred.... driven by self serving politicians and media pendants to advance their causes....Gee are we really surprised anymore to hear of mass killings? Sad isn't it...

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