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. Rachita

    no it's not a call center. It's our Gurudwara. It's the Sikh church.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gursharan Kaur ARSHI

    first of all let's put our hands together no matter what color or race and let's pray for the offic that is fighting for his life, then let's pray for all of the victims and those in mourning, as for all of u sad people speaking hateful and hatred words against and to one another????? Really is this the time ???? Clean your hearts and should and grow up stop being ignorant and hating one another, there are ways to waste words and energy and all these comments are disgusting you all need to go back to school because you are all acting like children seriously NOW IS NOT THE TIME !!!!!!!!
    PEOPKE HAVE BEEN KILLED AND INJURED! HOLD UR TONGUES AND CRITISISM WE SHOULD ALL PAY OUR RESPECTS IN SILENCE AND PRAYER BY THE WAY SIKHS ARE FROM NORTH INDIA AND ORIGINATED FROM HINDUS GURU NANAK WAS A HINDU! LIVES HAVE BEEN TAKEN PLEASE ALL HAVE SOME PATIENCE AND RESPECT ! NO MATTER WHAT COLOUR OR RELIGION BE HUMAN!!!!!!!! IF U ALL CAN!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jeanne wengart

      thank you....you are the voice of reason in this chaos.....

      August 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tiksilik

    Ok!. that's enough said!
    Once and for all, Sikhism is a religion of peace. We are warriors, defenders of faith. Our Gurus died not for their religion but defending Hindus for 'their religion'
    We pay equal respect to Jesus, Allah & Ram in our scriptures. We pray to One God......
    We are identified by our religion not region...Sikh are white Americans, Europeans , all the way from Mediterranean to India and beyond in Far East......
    And we did not take away any jobs....we don't have to....we are damn hard workers & contribute to any economy we are part off....
    We don't sponge off, We donate!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cindy

    The point is that this is the second big shooting in the US where innocent people were killed within a short period of time. And still there are people in the US who think owning a gun is a right that should be cherished....

    August 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bec Koshak

    This is not the time nor the place for your little rant. Have a little respect for the six people who have died.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Abbie

    You guys need to realise that the media has filled all this mean and vile stuff that's in your heads, don't blame religion it's the media behind all of this and it always has been, they just want money.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    I lived in a town in Thailand for 3 years that had a sizable Indian community. Most were Hindu and some were Sikh. My best friend there was a Hindu Indian, in fact. But it wasn't unusual for the Hindus to attend the Sikh services. I remember my Hindu friend taking me to the Sikh temple service with her parents. So I wouldn't be surprised if there were Hindus there.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. teresa

    Sikhs from the punjab are like Americans, hard working and brave, they will defend America their new country to the end. This idiot picked on the wrong people not that any terrorism is justified, but this was way stupid

    August 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Huma

    What exactally does he mean when he says that the Sikhs were unfairly targeted. Does that mean if the shooter went into a mosque and killed Muslims, then that would be fair because everyone believes Muslims were responsible for 9/11. I am just sayin. This entire tragedy is horrific. These are all signs of the rapidly approaching final hour.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abbie

      I also agree, it's the media

      August 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. riamb60

    Stay to the topic pls.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Anoop Bains

    Just wanted to confirm you guys, As a SIKH myself living in Houston. Sikhism is a completely different religion from Hindus or Muslims but Our religion does not discriminate on the basis of religion and Hindus/muslims/christians or any body else are most welcome in Gurudwars(sikh Temple). Pillars of our faith are 1. GOd is one 2. Work hard and Honest 3. Share with every boody. SIkhs have been living in US for almost 100 yrs now and Americans have died not just sikhs.
    I am very sad at what happened and for me this is no different what happened in Colorado.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    No, Francis, they are not, and please try not to fan the flames of hate that cause incidents such as this to happen.

    My sympathy to the families of those who perished today in this senseless act.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. riamb60

    Google, and educate yourself before making comments,that is what your PC is for.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Frank

    People of the United States of America,India and the Sikh Community,
    My Condolenses to all the families that have fallen victim to more senseless violence.
    At least the assassin was eliminated by police so it spares everyone having to deal with a trial.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Balwant Singh

    All Sikhs need to stand up and thank our muslim pakistani brothers and sisters for taking such good care of our gurdwaras in pakistan. They enable our pilgrimage to pakistan every year. No other country can do what pakistanis do for us. Some of our most religious instsitutions are in pakistan. Very few people know this. And nobody not even talibans have destryoed anyone,. thank you pakistan for your tolerance.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • stop antisocial elements

      I feel bad for people who were killed at gurudwara....I think ur are a paksitani muslim pretending to be a skih instigating violence with hindus.....good luck with your deception.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say It

      A Lot of Indian Hindus trying to distance themselves from Sikhs and trying to spread anti muslim fervour and schism between sikhs and muslims. Don't think you will succeed.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
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