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. Nancy

    Carman, couple of things – Sikhs are not muslims. I suppose if you came out of the shower with a towel wrapped on your head, we should shoot you right because you look like a taliban. ignorant.

    secondly – if you are caucasian, keep this thought in mind – in the world of hitler, you wouldn't qualify, so don't act superior...it doesn't become you.

    thirdly – stop embarrassing us.

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

    Now remember this article has nothing to do with the evils of Hinduism, but the author manages to slip in " Sikhism rose up 500 years ago in India as a monotheistic religion that rejected the caste system and scriptures of Hinduism." Now the shooter is a white Christian. The author however manages to use even this to make a statement against Hindus. Reading that statement again, seems like the author is trying to say, Hindus are the people that you really want to shoot at, coz they are the evil ones with the caste system.

    I bet the author will censor this comment, because his bias would then be exposed.

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

      Why are you assuming the shooter is a Christian? So far the news sources have not even identified the shooter. Do you have some ability that magically allows you to determine a persons heart and intention. Shame on you.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Thomas

    There is enough ignorance to go around .

    We need to all hold hands and sing it's a small world after all . Put on our NRA hats , turbans , yamaka's and look in the mirror .

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

    Sikhs have been fighting for their independence from India since ever. Time has come for Sikhs to become independent as KHALISTAN

    August 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank california

      Will that stop this massacre, katie are you an islamic jihadi?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vipul

      Are you serious lady, ppl are dying and you are bringing politics into it. Have some shame.

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

    Please educate the public about Sikhism. There seems to be A LOT of people who don't know anything about the difference in religions. To see such ignorance in this day and age brings such sorrow to my heart. Please, we can only move forward as a nation if everyone in this country is educated about their neighbors, no matter what country or religion they are from.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. cnnisdumb

    CNN and the media should shut up and let the police do their work. Trying to zoom in from the parking lot across the temple, talking about texts coming from inside etc. put everybody inside in further danger. Just shut up. Journalism is one thing. Making it sensational and doing the opposite of what police told your reporters is plain wrong. I hope you gets sued.

    August 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kiran Kaur

    @ jeff really......what do u mean by dirty indians??? We are all human hun..

    August 5, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • frank california

      Dont worry kiran, jeff must not be even taking a shower and is filthy himself. He is illiterate and like living as frog in the well.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Sikhs are minorities in India and a disenfranchised class. Some hindu extremists is behind this. I betcha

    August 5, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Name*maureen

    shiks r very honest n helpful people

    August 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    In Vancouver I'm more than happy to have Sikh neighbours. Gentle and kind people. You should be so lucky to live next to one if they ever ask you to come to one of their wedding celebrations!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Khalistan

    i am all for a separate country for sikhs separate from India. India needs to be divvied up

    August 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kiran Kaur

    Do yourself favor guys..please google difference between muslim and sikhs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and guys we are all human...one day we will be saving each other...

    August 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe C

      i thought you were indians and hindus

      August 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. George

    I feel bad for these people but they are all getting rich off their Indian casinos. I heard if they live on their reservations they get a check each month from the federal government, don't have to pay taxes, plus get part of their casino profits. These Indians have it made.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy

      seriously i'm embarrassed by the fools representing my people. Please don't categorize these racist asses as red necks...because country folk are good people... call these racist morons for what they are: inbred, brain dead asses who lick their own crap because they're bored.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Peter Trussle

    People Sikhs are not Indians nor Hindus. They are at daggers end.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter Trussle

      sorry they are Indians but not hindus

      August 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      Sikhs are not hindus but the majority are Indians or originated from India.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bridget Boudreaux-Pham

    Oh for God's sakes, these are NOT Native American Indians, they are INDIANS, because they are FROM INDIA!!! Duh!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      Dots, not feathers. Gotcha

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