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. Tennessee Tim

    To be young and in love has proved fatal for many young girls and boys in parts of north India as an intolerant and bigoted society refuses to accept any violation of its rigid code of decorum, especially when it comes to women. The two teenage girls who were shot dead last week by a cousin in Noida for daring to run away to meet their boyfriends are the latest victims of honour killings, a euphemism for doing away with anyone seen as spoiling the family's reputation. Many such killings are happening with regularity in Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. These are socially sanctioned by caste panchayats and carried out by mobs with the connivance of family members.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark from CA

    I have Indian Sikh friends who are wonderful people. These are peaceful Indians with their own unique spiritual path. I sincerely hope it wasn't a delusional American who carried out this horrific act.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Noor

      Mark, thank you. People like you give us strength not let us down because of our appearance or uniqueness.
      Peace on all.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Didn't they assasinate indira gandhi and the hindus mowed them down in return and bulldozed their temples???? You call that man ???

      August 5, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. krm1007 ©™

    Kudos to our law enforcement professionals for keeping our citizens safe. Our prayers and well wishes for all those effected. We are with you and thinking of you.

    August 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Emily

    Hello there In-denial Americans did you know there's something called being a terrorist? And they can be any religion or colour?

    August 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nolan

      yes I agree but if it was a terrorist thers usually atleast 1 explosion because terrorists try to cause as much damage as possible so it could also be a copycat of the Colorado shooting

      August 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. oldwomen

    It was wrong, it doesn't matter who did it, white black red or blue or for what reason.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Because

    Because Bush led the path to outsourcing....yeah, blame the President for this. Be quiet. This is a tragedy that has NOTHING to do with Obama. Grow up!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Oenophile

    Oh yeah! Victory to republicans and the NRA... Concealed carry is now legal in Wisconsin... Bring on the crazies.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Annie

    They keep confiming, over and over again, on the news that the Sikh are not muslims. As if to say that if this was an attack on a muslim religious gathering then it would have been more understandable and less tragic.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Type1diabeetus

    Sweet...I say it was a white terrorist and it gets deleted...MURICA!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gerome

    hey how come the sikh women don't wrap the bedsheets around them?

    August 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • May

      That's kinda rude

      August 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. daver

    My guess is that this moron or morons thought they were attacking muslims. Showa the intellect of these gun freaks. Gotta love the gun culture in this country,

    August 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Distraught

    Gotta love the 2nd amendment.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Louis Drummond

    Time to give Sikhs their independence in India.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. artraveler

    Just how is President Obama involved in a Sikh temple that has been there for years. Your hatred of the president is showing!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jennifer

    I am an American married to a Sikh. We have 3 beautiful children together and I am horrified by how misinformed and ignorant people are about this truly peaceful and loving religion. GET INFORMED people!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • A Sikh

      In response to Frances, it is not a religion which is to be blamed for the irresponsible and senseless violence that only Man knows how to create.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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