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. Vinnie

    Sikhs get creamed in india by hindus and now in usa by these hindu fanatics. Deport these indians.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Adam

    indians need to be deported to india paricularly hindus

    August 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Igor

    Why are hindu indians killing sikhs from same country?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mazo

      Clearly your are having problems reading English. Perhaps you can ask an Indian to help you ?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paperjihad

    "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." -nbcnews dot com

    August 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Preeti Kaur

    Just to be CLEAR.... Sikhs are not hindus or muslims. It's a religion from northern India, that has different views from hinduism.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Unknown

    It is being reported that the gunman was a "white male with a bald head". Therefore, violence does not know skin tone, or culture. Stop jumping to conclusions.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Owen1710

    kick the indian hindus out of America. How dare they attack their fellow Sikhs on our land. Is this what Mossad taught them?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bree

      Did you seriously just connect three unrelated religions/groups as though they're all the same? Is this what the public school system taught you?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. PillowBox

    "Sikhism rose up 500 years ago in India as a monotheistic religion that rejected the caste system and scriptures of Hinduism." Sikhs are the ones who go on about caste more than anyone in actual fact.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Barry

    Cospiracy theorist"s This has nothing to do with the second amendment!!! Crazy as the birthers and taxers!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ahmed

    Ignorance at its finest. Indians who hail from India have nothing to do with native Americans, that's first and foremost. I suggest people start reading about religions including their own before they call everything they dont know militant and extremist. In my honest opinion news agencies should carry the duty of better informing people on backgrounds of ethnicities and religions when posting what is unknown to the average American. And I'm also sick of terrorist who hide under the veil of religion no matter what religion it is. They all deserve death as enemies of humanity.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Colby

    Reading the hate and the "deport them" phrases on this comment thread is disbarring. If anything at this point, we should be coming together to be should compassion and support for people affect- not hatred and judgement. I am disappointed that no one hardly acknowledges that yet when a tragedy would happen in a christian church or where white people were maimed, Aurora for instance, the public outcry is instantaneous and every single white American demands respect and compassion. Yet when a tragedy like this happens, you turn the blind eye and give none yourself. Follow your religious values of love and respect! Stop being the hypocrits you have been and reevaluate your lives and adjust to change.

    On a personal note, I am sorry and my heart is out to the families affected. I shall keep you in my thoughts. My the families be reunited and love grow through this tragedy. Shall your community strengthen your bonds together as well.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moon

    If anyone insults any tenet of sikhism or theri guru the only punishment sikhs have for them is death. What they did in Vienna a couple of years ago.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Person

    Look I'm Sikh and I don't hate any race, I don't get why everyone is hating on whites,musilms or what ever. At the end of the day its some bigoted group or individuals who have done this horrible thing. Not a religion or a race of people, if people in the world were accepting of each other this wouldnt happen. I'll be praying for everyone involved

    August 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Barry

    A white man with a bald head you say!!!! damn them Hari Krishna's!!!!!! Come on people!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kalybe

    It is yet another sad day when PEOPLE are killed and maimed because of their looks and their beliefs. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those involved in this (yet another) senseless tragedy.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
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