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. Ray

    Christopher wrote:

    "Probably more Muslim or left wing terrorism, like that democrat terrorist who shot those people in Arizona, or that black bloc occupy left wing terrorist who shot those people in movies or those 3 left wing occupy terrorist who wanted to blow up the bridge or the extreme large number of murder attacks on people all around the world by Muslims."

    Wrong James Homes, bro. Not associated with Black Bloc. This shooter may be more in line with Oklahoma City, teabaggers, that guy who shot George Tillman, that guy who shot up the Jewish memorial in DC, etc, etc...

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

      Ignoramus. The latest NBC News site says: "A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter was a white male in his 30s."

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

    Idiot Sikhs wanted their own state called Khalistan but stupid Gandhi would not allow that probably because Punjab is a bread basket of India. Due to them wanting a different state of their own they preached about it and of course the whacko Gandhi was against it because she wanted the control under her. Bhinderawala ji made it as a safe homage because of the ill doings that were to come from Gandhi. She had the army storm into the holy Golden Temple and what did you expect them to do? Watch their religous temple be evaded by those discriminating people who have no respect for Sikhs? Your just another follower of Gandhi open your eyes first, know all of the facts before posting and spreading false information.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian-Hindu

      Hey u ms Kaur n Betty 7 ... How dare you people try to separate Hindus from Sikhs ??? We are one ... Dare not to create any differences between Hindus n Sikhs !!! How can you think about writing crap like this. Shame on u people !!! Remember .. Never break the unity! I practice both religions although I am a Hindu by birth, and i will never stop practicing either. Open ur minds.

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

      The bum bhindranwale was a in and out terrorit who butchered innocent unarmed civilians including mostly women and children. We know what his manhood is when he killed only such defenseless people in cold blood.

      Gandhi did a service to her nation and to the rest of the world, by finishing him off and the rest of the terrorist bunch associated with him. Otherwise, you would have another mini Pakistan creating havoc and mayhem for everyone. Now the few so called khalistanis ran away like cowards to rest of the world and make only noise wherever they went, even after knowing that nobody will give a dam(n) to the hate they keep spewing out.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • asheesh

      Unfortunately Pakistan has bought your mind! Open your eyes. 1984 was a disgrace. Let's hang the killers and move on. As for Gandhi, he was not that smart to think as far as you have. Sikhs are Indians. If you dont like it, take citizenship of Pakistan and get lost. I know Sikhs in Army who give life for India. Dont denegrade them. They are, and would always be part of India. Yes, 1984 history is ugly. But there are hundreds of other golden moments in the hstory too. One incident can not divide a country!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nadinesh

    Some people are spreading disinformation. The latest NBC News site says: "A temple committee member, Ven Boba Ri, told the Journal-Sentinel that people inside the temple described the shooter was a white male in his 30s."

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alphaking

    The Prime Minister of India a Sikh. It was a split from Hinduism similar to Buddism (which originated in India too)

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John M

    We need a separate independent country for Sikhs out of India....KHALISTAN !!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Karen

    That's so sad. See how cool my family is? We fought for all these religions to say they are the one true religion. I'm pretty proud of my heritage that fought since the French and Indian war for freedoms like this. I'm with the Sikh,any way. They aren't really saying whether or not this was religious hatred?

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kay

    Since nobody even knows what's going on yet, it's sad to see all the political name-calling here. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrible act of violence.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    No white man can be called a terrorist, you should know that by now.
    I am still hoping against hope that this not a hate crime.
    The paranoia, hate,racism religious intolerance that has been stirred up and is fanned by propaganda since 9/11 (Which was designed to for this purpose) has seen spawning wars, hate crimes and such. The fevered minds of Islamophobics for example ,churn out hate constantly and our MS media collabrates
    Unless this nation comes together to stand up to these forces and their agenda which is against all that this country stands for, we shall have chosen a path of self destruction.

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

    Please stop calling it a church on the news/ It is a temple.

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

    The gunman was tired of all the Indian food tasting like curry.

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

      I'm not an Indian but I can say with 100% certainty that Indian curry tastes way better than your American cheese burger.

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

      So stupid! People are dying and you are talking about curry?!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bloggiechick

    Can't we just hold up on all the hate and arguments until more information is found? We don't even know who the shooter was nor do we know his/her motive.

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

    Lot of closets Pakistanis here taking their frustration against Hindus and Indians in general. Sad part is, not even a sad incident like this is deterring them. No wonder thing are like they are today. May the Lord bring peace to the departed souls.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jdoe

    It's about time. This has been a long stretch between mass shootings in America.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John M

    "Experimental Democracy" has failed in India. An experiment that was being shoved down India's throat by western countries too eager to propagate their own values on a country that was trying to decolonize itself while trying to shed the communist skin of being a Soviet ally. India was thus trapped. What has become evident now is that this "Experimental Democracy" has marginalized the country. The marginalized groups of the country – Dalits and ‘backward’ castes/classes, indigenous ‘tribal’ people and religious minorities have been disenfranchised.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sarah Conner

    Where was God?

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