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. brandi ar

    very sad but im sure if it was a hate crime the prime suspect should study up between a mosque and a sikh relegious center............

    August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. American Joe

    These are peaceful people. They are not Muslims or middle easterners. (not that I wish harm to anyone). Hindis are friends to America and I'm sorry to hear this news.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    India is the most racist country in the world. Their caste system is disgusting and the way they treat each other if you don't measure to their standards. The men are a bunch of women–hating peons.

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

      Women-hating peons? I don't think so.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      Michael.. you worded it wrong!!

      They are the second biggest RACE after the Chinese. I understand, You did not stude English or history, but , then again..

      August 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alphaking

    Prime Minister of INDIA is a Sikh

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

    This story needs a higher death count to make it interesting.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pinkflam

    "Put Down" like a rabid dog. That's exactly the right approach, and the right terminology.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vfozi

    i don't understand what this has to do w/ sikhism, there have been shootings at christian churches, for all we know this could be a domestic dispute

    August 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alphaking

    Indian Prime Minister (equivalent to political status to President of US) is a SIKH

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. riamb60

    At least 25 people shot, including 1 suspect, 1 suspect might still be inside.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. T Ruth

    People from india are just so horrible. If you disagree, spend some time with them. Rude, arrogant, unclean. They are the worst.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • chronickelly

      They probably think the same of you. What a racist, ignorant thing to say. Like you couldn't step out your door and find a rude, unclean person??

      August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • chronickelly

      They probably think the same of you. What a racist and ignorant comment. You could easily find a rude, arrogant and unclean American.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • learn

      i suggest that you should go and live with them.. and maybe then you can learn who true indians are!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Proud Sikh

      T Ruth you disgust me. Just because a person is from a different country or practices a different religion doesn't make it okay to go around shooting them. It's because of people like you that racism and hate exists. Why don't you get out of your little bubble and stop hating. Indians are not rude nor arrogant. They are nice, hard working people and contrary to what you might believe do not smell. By the way Sikhs are not terrorists. They were not apart of 9/11 and they do not go around crashing planes into buildings. Sikhism teaches to be kind to others and to respect other religions. Why dont you look up Sikhism and learn more about it instead of hating.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BBPatriot

    But, of course, everybody knows the GUNS (will these be assault rifles?) aren't the problem.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jokesterer

    The Sikh shiek's sixth sheep is sick.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin

    First off, to all commentors who don't know: 1) Sikhs are not Muslims but neither group should get shot at, 2) other news sites said a white guy did this, but most white people are not violent, 3) I am not Sikh, Muslim, and/or white so there is no personal interest in me protecting these groups, but I still stand up for them as I don't want any of them being painted with a broad brush stroke, or any other group for that matter, 4) Best wishes for the families of those shot

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. shawn galian

    i am sure that shooter thought there Muslims... you know how ignornt hill billy are.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Reason

    Where are all the pro gun people saving the day with their guns? Im always hearing here about how they would take down the shooter and defend everybody.

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