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. Ambrose Chappell

    Inflammatory and dangerous language used by right-wing republicans are certainly to blame for this, yet another, massacre committed by Tea Party extremists.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Karanjeet Bedi

    Please stop referring to Sikhs as Hindu-sikh. Sikhism is a unique religion taking elements from both Hinduism and Islam. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT CNN......!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Barry

    I wish the NRA did get money every time this kind of thing happened then my membership might go down some!!!! Geeez everybody has a conspiracy theory!!!! Next time the idiots might just go for the gold medal and use a damned bomb would that be better than a gun,or knife or a stick,,No wait how about poisonous gas!!!!!! Damn!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Type1diabeetus

    Not really shocked that most white Americans are in total denial that it could be a white terrorist...and yes it is terrorism.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Viewer

      With regards to numerous comments below: SIKHISM IS NOT HINDUISM. It's a completely different religion (monotheistic, for starters), albeit from India. And yes, like many other religions, it has a history of terrorism – but one related to separatism (the establishment of an autonomous state in the Punjab), to which this event is clearly unrelated.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark Taylor

      How would you know that most Americans are in denial? Are you some sort of sorcerer?

      August 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. livenletlive

    You cannot preserve a democracy like America by taking away the right of people to practice their religion of choice peacefully. Too many people think that the "God" in "one nation under God "
    refers to a Christian God. God is a spiritual being and could be Allah, Jesus, Rama or whoever you choose.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. WaterArt

    What is wrong with people nowadays? Is everything alright in the US of A? Is it just me, or is the society as a whole becoming increasingly intolerant?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica

    There is tremendous ignorance about the Sikh religion ,which is the 5th largest religion in the world, founded over 500 years ago, rising out of tremendous injustice to the people of India. Sikhs are neither Hindu nor Muslim. They are a distinct religion. Sikhs are peaceful and loving people who reject caste and serve to give dignity to each human. This hate crime should be openly condemned and the violence in our society must abate.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. human

    why don t people just realize that they themselves are responsible for all the violence in the world. Rudeness and Hate leads to Anger and if a person isn’t strong enough they lose it and resort to violence thinking they are getting back at someone. Next time someone is rude to someone or bullying someone I hope they think twice that they may end up giving birth to someone who may end up taking innocent lives. Lives of people who don’t deserve such cruel violence. And its not just defined to any race/ religion/ culture/ people, its anyone and everyone who has to pay for it.....

    August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sikh

    Nobody has the right to deport any citizen, acutally how about we deport all the white people? That would stop all the stupid decisions this country makes.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John

    Seth ,Jeff etc are idiots. Same goes for anyone else who doesn't spend the next 30 seconds Googling them. You have no excuse for ignorance when the information is at your fingertips. Is CNN the new home for xenophobes and morons now?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bhupinder Dhanoa

    CNN reporters, Please stop confusing Sikhs with Hindus. Sikhs are not Hindus. Sikhism and Hinduism are completely separate reliogions. Stop showing your ignorance to the world. Thanks.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Wouldn't you agree both are militant and terrorist like? They killed your indira gandhi and you bulldozed their temples and on and on.....

      August 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Knowladge

    It bugs me that we are arguing when we should be trying to help.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ernie

    Why are these hindus wearing condom like head gear when not the colored turbans.boy these guys are hairy. women also dont cut their body hair?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nolan

    Do you think a copycat of the Colorado shooting did this?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karanjeet Bedi

      Seriously....your screen name is Nolan....come on man be serious

      August 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sikh

    i just dont understand why such hatred? this is an act of terrorism and you dont have to be of colored to be called a terrorist.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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