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. informer

    sikhs are very kind people and anyone is welcome in there temple, they offer free food to anyone.... they treat everyone as equal.... but someones taking advantage of there kindness and generosity ...which makes me feel angry and disappointed.

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

      You better bring pepto bismol if you eat their food. They aren't hand washers.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lowglow

      Your right, the are very good people and whats intresting about them is most of them have a strong Love for American Country Music, and I'm not even joking.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. tootoo

    American people = arrogant and uneducated

    August 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    As a person who lived in India for 3 years, I've witnessed first hand how they treat others. They are racist. They make us look like the good guys...

    August 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • HenryB

      Trust me, it is hard to make Muricans look like nice guys. You are a shining example. Shift the blame to the victim, why don't ya?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      So Michael you think whatever happened today was right and you would have done the same thing if you were there?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Daljit Kaur

    They are not one. Sikhs are much different from Hindus. I respect all of God's religions but I'm not going to say we Sikhs are same as Hindus. We get labeled as the cow worshippers and get alot of hatred from that. Can't forget what Hinduism has done for Sikhism. Dude how can you practice both religions. If you can't stay with one religion you probably don't have much respect for your religion. I'm a Sikh I respect Hinduism as a separate religion but it's not the same as Sikhism. And there's is a difference between the two religions how can you not know and why go around saying don't separate the two of them?

    August 5, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Innocent

    Such a world of terrorism we are, the Lord that sees the invisible shall punish those terrorist tormeting the world.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Anonymous Shiite

    Also, just for the record, the shooter was white. Any racists putting BS in the hands of other races need to stop. This is a prime example of why you can't blame a whole race for someone's actions. We need to put a stop to this terrorism; there were kids in the temple!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jenny

    Everyone needs to quit calling them Indians. They are native americans. You Buncha racist.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • chronickelly

      The proper term, which is not considered racist, is to call people from India "East Indian" Or Indian. Native Americans are just that, Native Americans.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sid

      "Indian" is used in this context as the term refers to the 'country' India. While native american is used for the native dwellers of America who were also called Indians. Both Indians are different

      August 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • chronickelly

      and we're not talking about Native Americans. We're discussing the shooting of people from India.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      Well, then why do they get to run the Indian Casinos?

      August 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liz

      Actually the religion Sikhism is from India and those from that country are called Indians.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      I appreciate your concern but the majority of Sihks come from India.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • chronickelly

      Native Americans often run casino's, specially if they are on their specific reserve. Has NOTHING to do with people from India. Try using your's pretty awesome for expanding your brain.

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

      v r not NA v r sikhs

      August 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michael

    I've travelled to over 60 countries. India is the worst of the worst in terms of their treatment of people that don't measure up to their caste system.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      Yes, which is one of the bases of Sikh philosophy and why it was formed. It rejects the caste system.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jenny

    They are not Indians. They are called Native Americans you idiot.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. art

    I forgot to mention Hindus and Sikhs are buddies in their war on fundamentalism

    August 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • curious


      August 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    Reports of shooting at Sikh temple

    This is why we need to arm everybody in world with anti assault weapons . If all religions have guns , why is there only one god ?

    August 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cartman

    How do you break up a group of rioting Indians? Toss a few bars of soap
    Into the group.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. penny

    I am in Canada, and i just happened to put on my scanner, when i saw on one of the feeds about the shooting. As i listened, i thought i heard that 8 people were dead. Was a white man with a backpack, baseball cap, that police were looking for.This was before the news broke on HLN, ( i only know this because i was watching HLN). They also had a blue barrel checked, but it was confirmed it was only water in the barrel. They were calling for greif counsellors to come out for family members waiting outside the Sikh.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    I REALLY wish the reporters would stop telling those that they are questioning to be careful of what they say. DONT ask them if you dont want to hear them - Only the REPORTERS have to be careful of what they say, not the person they interview. Get better reporters CNN.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vivian Richards

    CNN needs to stop the hate propaganda against Hinduism. While it is true that Sikhs emphasize monotheism, the do derive their core beliefs from Hinduism. Like Hindus, Sikhs believe in Karma and reincarnation.

    This is just one more instance of ignorance and hate mongering among the US media that causes people to enter temples with guns. CNN needs to apologize for suggesting that Hindus were better targets than sikhs?

    Can CNN not show more sensitivity?

    BTW: CNN-IBN, channels partners in India are well known for their misreporting and propaganda. The US parent does not seem to be any better.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • HenryB

      Why @Vivian, are you on CNN if you so much despise what they do? Easy to hate the messenger unless, of course, the messenger presents the "news" your way.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vivian Richards

      Is this comment deleted?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
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