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. Jennifer

    I am so sorry for the loss this senseless act had caused! My prayers go out to you!
    There IS ONLY ONE God! For those of you that have posted negative comments or claim to not believe HE exists, PLEASE open your heart and let Him in before it is too late!
    God Bless

    August 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mark

    CNN achors should be fired immediately. Nice blow off of the sikh leader from Bethesda. You don't think they have a right to explain their experience since 9/11. Come on CNN, even if its not related, these are real world experiences. Cut him short, that's the answer!

    Talk about racist, put CNN at the top of the list!!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Daljit Kaur

    @Eric

    Were you actually there that your stating that he butchered women and children? Are you kidding me. Maybe talk to someone who was present there and maybe then you can get your facts straight. Ur proabably just another Hindu using a white persons name. Idiot

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

      You dont seem to be sikh. Probaly you are a paki and a jihadi terrorist hiding behind the name of a sikh lady. Shame on you.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. treetop45

    Don Lemon, I see your utmost concern for ONLY FACTS...but, my goodness, you are interviewing people who have been affected. They are obviously disrupted, emotional and maybe scared. Why don't you just leave these folks alone? Wait for the authorities, who are not DIRECTLY related to the folks inside. In my opinion, you are being quite rude, and emotionless, without empathy. I am really disappointed in this type reporting, coming from CNN. Repeat: this is my opinion.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. frank california

    Arrogant pakis supporters of radical islam and jihad are pollutijg the tragedy befallen here. This ah must have been brainwashed by al qaeda like headley.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. James

    @CNN stop telling people what they can and can not say. You watch yourselves and let others say what they want.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. HenryB

    @Richard – Could not have said it better myself! Maaaa

    August 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. matapn

    Quote from Sikh Scripture (Guru Granth Sahib):
    Do not cause fear to anyone
    Do not be fearful of anyone
    Whoever lives such a life,
    Is truly the wise one
    p.1427

    Every heart is a precious gem
    Utter not bitter words, and cause pain to anyone
    If you long for God
    Do no break anyone’s heart
    P. 1384

    August 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. amritpal kaur

    sikhs are not muslims !!! and not all muslims are terriosts! just because there muslim doesnt mean there bad people ! seriouly people need to get that through there head!!

    August 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jenny

    They should all just calm down and go back to their Induan Casinos. They can snack on lobster and filet mignon there.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. nb

    I am so embarrassed by some of the comments in regards to a tragedy. These are human beings worshiping at their temple. Just because they do not worship the Christian God does not give anyone the right to massacre them. This is the United States and we are supposed to have freedom of religion. I believe that means ALL religions and includes those who do not believe in a god. The freedom of religion amendment does not give the religious right the right to dictate what others believe or how we chose to live.
    I blame the conservative political so called ‘leaders’. As leaders they should live up to certain standards. But, the rhetoric we hear from so many of them is just appalling and can give the impression to those who are extremists that these types of actions are acceptable. It seems we expect higher standards from our athletes than we do our politicians. I would like to see the political leaders held accountable for what they say and do; and, the only way that will happen is if we, the people, voice our dissatisfaction and/or vote them out of office.

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

      They may have adult bodies yet the minds of an teenages for certain.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kiran Kaur

    I am speechless and more after reading there comments...I dnt know why skin color, religion matters too much to people..

    August 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B. Keats

    Does anyone else think that CNN"s and WTMJ's coverage is reckless? I think they're endangering the people still in the temple.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I guess Miller Draft is about all that town gets out of my money any more.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Thomas

    And just what are these Sikhs doing at church/temple on a Sunday afternoon anyway? Why weren't they watching NASCAR races like a good American. Are they prejudices against car racing or something?

    August 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I agree with you Thomas. In Milwaukee they can get fresh beer straight from the tap. Beer right there where it is made. If they had been at home downing a few cold brews and eating on some pork rinds, they would have been safe.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
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