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. Kavneet

    Sikhs wear daggers as symbol of their Soldier saints faith the purpose of which is to protect all from wrong done to them and other peoples' right to practice their religions.So it is a reminder to protect others' rights.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nancy

    I did not know that most of Sikh temples are located in Pakistan. And Pakistan takes care of them and lets Sikhs perform pilgrimage evry year. WOW !!!! Thank you Pakistan.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. riamb60

    Anybody that uses racism and politics on this forum should lock their keyboards.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Robin

    Tradgic happening of events when anyone is hurt or killed due to a sensless act of another. Everytime something like this happens the speculations are ridiculous no speculations should be made only facts should be commented it is why the media portrays all muslims as terriorists and anyone looking as one or of any association with that or from a country whos people are or look as if they could be are assumed immediatly they are the ones who did this and it must be some kind of terrorist action. As with the colorado shooting and many others again if it as as one newscaster reported regarding Colorado he was a nice christian white man Really he wasnt a terrorist? to me that is just as much a terroist scenario as any other just as this happening at the temple today is also. That being said I just watched a reporter on cnn say people have a hard time seperating and realizing the difference between Muslim and Sikh so this makes the Sikh community UNFAIRLY targeted, so its all fair if they Target Muslims? People especialy reporters should think before they speak again this is a horriable tradgedy and this must stop in any and for any religion race or color. But when reorters make comments as they do or only report part of the stories itis what is the base cause of terriable tradgedies as this because the people of or nation the world are so misinformed. God help the families of this situation today.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LIB

    My condolences to the Sikhs. If the religion they practice is one God, reincarnation and peace with people of all colors then I am for them. Condolences. Great religion.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rahul garg

    A man attacked Gurudwara (Sikh Temple)......His nationality, religion & skin color will determine if he is terrorist or just maniac. Wait a minutes....he is white american....A maniac.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robin

    Yes we an only hope they do read this maybe they can opn there eyes to

    August 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Daven

    Don Lemon,

    It the outset our sympathies goes to all the families who lost their loved ones or injured in this heinous act. We pray the departed soul rest in peace and the injured recover fully and get back to their feet.
    Now coming to your coverage, I am very appalled by your ignorance and lack fo sensitivity. You are trying to confuse the issue by dragging Hindus to this tragic and unfortunate happening. Hindus are very peaceful and tolerant people. Sikhism though started as a off shoot of Hindu religion has grown and established as a separate religion. They share a lot of things in common with Hindus. I am not an expert in religion but basically sigh religion was formed to protect Hindus from evil forces. It is also said that each Hindu family had dedicated a son to protect the Hindus from evil forces. Now by bringing Hindus to this equation you are trying to malign the Hindu faith. We Hindus always support Sikhs and our respect and affection for each other is mutual and dates back to many centuries. You should immediately refrain from half baked irresponsible comments. Please do your home work before shooting your mouth off.

    Many Thanks and regards


    August 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary Williams

    the vast majority of Sikhs are from they have to focus on Pakistan? Out of ignorance or to play the terrorist card??

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

    That means you need to to leave Canada and go back to Europe and leave this land to the native americans. Quit being a bigot. People like you are root cause of all world's violence. Hitler was a bigot, Osoma bin Ladin was bigot and so are you. See the connection?

    August 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Raj

    My heart goes to all innocent victims of this heinous act. I am sure if I was born during the times of Muslim oppression in India, my parents would have made me a Sikkh. You see, Hindu and Sikkh are one and the same. It's just that the more responsible son was named a Sikkh,..and was aced to live higher standards of morality and with that also came some ways of identification, that told you better respect that guy more since he is the Sikkh...the protector. Long hair, comb, dagger, wrist band were just those adornments that identified the protector..and eventually started to define a Sikkh....Initially one was not. Sikkh by birth, but by cause...I.e the one who protected Hindus from sufferings caused by Muslim traitors. Sikkhs are brave community, very hard working and have a very rich culture. I loved Sikkhs even on the day some bad head had killed Indira Gandhi (not that I support the act).

    August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hank

      Birth of Pakistan – Beginning of the Demise of India

      This year marks the first implosion of India as a nation. This year also represents the loss of Indian conscience following the massacre of over 3 million innocent Muslim civilians, women and children who were migrating to Pakistan. We shall never forget. We won’t let the world forget. There will be accountability.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SingAPsalm

    This is very sad. I took a multicultural class one summer and one of the professors was a Sikh woman of East Indian descent. I learned a lot about her culture and religion, and we even went to a temple where some of the members spoke with us and served us food. The people that I met were very nice and peaceful. One thing I really appreciated was that the women are treated extremely well and with respect. Lord have mercy on the victims and their families.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana R

      In some Haryana villages in India, the young girls are routinely threatened, abused and killed all under Khap (tribe/clan) verdicts and tribal laws. It is acceptable for the families to feed pesticide pills to the teenage girls and then dispose off their bodies by burning them without any police records.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rahul Garg

    Sikhs have to explain they are not Muslims, Muslims have to explain they are not terrorist. Be brave CNN, put down your american glasses & see things from everyone's view. Let's admit If 20,000 gets killed in Iraq or philistine Amercians & CNN behave as it nothing has happened. If a American kid is injured the nation, religion & race of whoever has cause injury to American kid is under scanner.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Just Say It

      This is about Inand his hatred forSikhs. Nice try to deflect the deep rot in indian culture and society

      August 5, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carl H

      We are well aware of the hindu hatred for Sikhs and their massacres in India by the hindus.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A Sikh

    Thanks "An African-American Viewer" for bringing out this very interesting point. You are absolutely right, Mr. Lenon keeps stating that Rajwant Singh said the "Hindu Sikh" community! When, it was not Rajwant Singh who said that but a Oak Creak Sikh Temple member who did.Also, Mr. Lenon keeps calling the Gurudwara a Church! Not that it makes a huge difference but he can't seem to say Gurdwara while Mr. Marciano is able to say Gurudwara very clearly.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Just Say It

    There is a Historical Hatred between Hindus and Sikhs.

    1984 Sikh genocide and The Chittisinghpura massacre in India are just a few examples. So please give Americans a true picture. No BS.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana R

      Sikhs have been treated like trash in India. Massacred like ants. There temples bulldozed to oblivion. These sikhs are so scared they wont even crticize hindus in USA as their extended families may be victimized in India by RAW the spy agency.

      August 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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