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. Soo confused.

    And let the ignorant comments begin. Too bad stupid people don't know that they can simply google the word Sikh and find out in 2 minutes what it is all about... but noooo... just call em all muslims and move forward making ignorant comments.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Really

    What is wrong with people? I bet it was some ignorant, unemployed moron who doesn't know the difference between a Sikh and a Muslim. Shows you how stupid our American society has become.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      @Really: I agree with you. Maybe or maybe not unemployed but definitely some stupid person. No intelligent person would do this. Condolences to the families.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madonna

      I can see that there are so many comments about SIKHS NOT BEING MUSLIMS. Does it mean that, it is ok to kill the muslims but not sikhs. 2050 America will turn into South Africa

      August 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ANGELA

    well our government is caring more in the foreign policy than the citizens over here. we gave just a week a go 70billions to israel to upgrade their army. well educate your own citizens with that cash.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jai

    Sikh community should run ad during Super Bowl that Sikh people are not Muslim, but Hindu. They can be easily mistaken for Muslim or Taliban.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD

      Sikhs are not Hindus nor Muslims. Sikhism is all religion separate from any other.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • da

      Sikh are neither hindu nor muslim...nd i m appalled by the comments here....y so hatred...
      also is it ok to kill muslims...disgusting...wonder where the hell is this world moving to..

      August 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Jai,
      Sikhs are not Hindus either. Checks your facts before you write. Sikhism was started because Guru Nanak didn't like inequalities in both Hinduism and Islam. The first world in Sikh holy book is Ek-Um-Onkar which means God is one, which is nowhere the teaching of Hinduism .It is worlds fifth largest religion.

      August 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angad Singh

      Sikhs aren't hindus. Stop being ignorant.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. magnus

    right now, the gun-lovers are laughing at all of us. The NRA is laughing hard right now, laughing their butt off.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Guri S.

    Very sad.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jose

    The Sikh Temple is Indian not Muslim . Our prayer to the Victims .

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karl

      Even it were an Islam mosque (muslim only covers a certain % of islamic worshippers for the under educated), rather than an Sikh temple I would still send out my condolences to the victim. From a lot of these comments it makes it sound as if you wouldn't mind of a Mosque got shot up.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sikh

      Its not Indian, its Sikh. Sikhism is its own religion!

      August 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Janice Karzaki

    Shows why CNN is nearly out of business. Repeating the same story with nothing new to add does nothing to add to CNN's lustre – makes them look like the National Enquirer not a new program.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ordinary Average American

    We need "religion control."

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Joad

      We need American control.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Madonna

      What do you mean? bringing back the Cross Burning religion

      August 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom Joad

    Same crap, different day in America.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cris

    Joh,

    The crazy bet is you're probably right.....*sigh*

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WD

    OK...time to start beating the dead horse arguments again.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ThinkAgain

    @Ryan: "Definitely a left wing or Muslim terrorist since all terrorism comes from them."

    Timothy McVie and Hitler are a couple right-wingers that come to mind ...

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      and Terry Nichols, Anders Behring Breivik, Jared Lee Loughner, Eric Rudolph, James von Brunn, Scott Roeder, James Kopp, Jim D. Adkisson, Paul Jennings Hill, John C. Salvi III, Richard Poplawski, Buford O. Furrow, Michael F. Griffin, Ken Mieske, David Lane, Bruce Pierce, Dan White, Gordon Kahl, Byron De La Beckwith, Robert Edward Chambliss, Samuel Holloway Bowers, Alton Wayne Roberts, Jimmy Snowden, Billy Wayne Posey, Horace Barnett, Jimmy Arledge, Edgar Ray Killen, James Ford Seale, Jason Todd Ready, and on and on . . .

      August 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AK 47

    Ah America land of the free, get more guns idiots...how the hell can you expect to protect yourselves...more guns more guns more guns morons

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ~~~

    why are people shooting at indian people? are they shooting each other, or other people shooting them?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
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