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. Nate

    Plus I think beer is made in Milwaukee. I sure hope this doesn't affect the beer supply. It's Sunday – beer drinking day.

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

      I agree with you. This could get bad. Think of all the beer that could have been hurt. Bad guys need to take that into consideration before doing crimes.

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

      Hope this dont preempt the NASCAR races today.

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

    Another week another mass shooting.

    But we don't have no gun problem.

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

    Shame on Indian hindus for abusing Sikhs in India.

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

      Ever beein to India? If you do not know history, then dont pretend! Also, in the Gurudwara, you'll see 1/2 Sikhs, and half non Sikhs. Ever wonder why they are there? Probably not. I will tell you why - because most Hindus, and by most, I mean real real close to 100%, consider Sikhs as their part, in society, in religion and everything else. We Hindus are grateful to what Sikhs have given us. We are indebted to them forever.
      Yes, there was a shameful incident in 1984, We repent that. We seek forgiveness for that. Only a handful of Hindus (politically atached) were involved. Many many Sikhs took refuge in Hindu homes (some took in mine too!). Its a shame that the corrupt Indian political system and inefecient court system have not been able to hang the culprits, But, Sikhs remain and would always remain our part. Hopefully this answers your comments.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pinto

    Guys stop listening to paki dogs diguised as americans here. They are doing nothing but abusing hinduism without any reason or provocation. We are better than these paki dogs, they are not americans so stop worrying about your image in america. I am sure americans know whom to believe. Please pray for our sikh brothers and sisters and hope they are still safe inside the temple. Stop paying attention to pakis disguised as christian americans, they are just trying to widen the gap between people.

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

      Pakistanis are not Hindus. Stop showing your failure to pass junior high geography. Discuss.

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

    As the quality of education degrades in the USA, so does the quality of discussion and debate. As a result, ignorance reigns supreme and radicalism grows. Out of the masses of ignorant radicals, someone is going to rampage. The key difference between Canada and the USA are rooted in the difference in the quality of the education system.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 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 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. betty7

    WOW... INDIANS need to be taken to task and hindus need to be held accountable for their victimisation of Sikhs.

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

    These are all human beings. Speak of them, and treat them as such. My heart goes out to them.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. betty7

    Sihs need to have an independent country of their own separate from India.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • betty7

      Sihs should read Sikhs. Pardon me.

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


      August 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Are you stupid?

      You spelled 'Sikhs' wrong, so your comment is moot.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 2/8

    Typical day in America. Not sure why anyone on this planet would want to settle in the States. It has to be one of the most intolerant places on earth.

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

      Except for the Middle East

      August 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      But hey...don't touch my gun rights.

      Thank you GOP and NRA.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      You are a complete tool who obviously has no knowledge of the world. Why don't you try living in the middle east for a while, or give Africa a shot and see how your little tolerance nonsense plays out there. You have no idea.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • asheesh

      Heard of Saudi? Heard of Pakistan? Heard of Afghanistan? Heard of Syria? Heard of Iran? You want more in the list of intolerable countries? I am not an American (I am a Hindu).. but, with no doubt can say that this is among the better places on Earth, if not the best. Be proud of your country instead of being so negative!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. betty7

    I fully support Khalistan a separate state for Sikhs separate from India.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Alfonso

    Frickin terrorists.....first a terrorist attack in aurora and now this..

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

    What is with all these shootings. What is wrong with people!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Paul

    Sikhism is a peaceful religion. Anyone thinking of posting another hateful/ignorant comment, please do one minute of research by Googling Sikhism.

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

      If they are so peaceful then why do they wear those things on their head?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      Lol @ aggressive hats

      August 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oakley

    Everyone here is missing the point. Think of the BEER. Milwaukee BEER.

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

      You're a complete idiot.

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