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. Robin

    Yup Christians comment regarding you having to leave and go to Europe couldn't be more accurate just as America was first inhabited by indians so was canada so I just don't understand how some people from some countries think it is ok for there ancestrs to migrate to these countries but others should not be allowed maybe if we ask the indians who should have more rights to this decision, who they think should be allowed here

    August 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bob

    If you don't like it then get the hell outta here.

    August 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. terry terrific

    A sikh siko phyco.

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

    you were asked not to show any pics including over head shots..you have gone to far to get the story..

    August 5, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Srikanth

    My condolence and prayers with the victims and their families. Being from India (now in Colorado), first of of all Sikhism is not a part of Hinduism or Islam it is a separate religion. I was fortunate enough to live in Amritsir , India for six months. Let me tell you they (sikhs) are one of the best people who you could ever come across. I don't want to go into their proud history, but they are among the best Indian warriors. Infact a large percentage of the Indian armed forces are Sikhs (I don't know the exact %). They are also the kindest people I've ever encountered. I'm sure you heard "Shirt off the back" expression.... they go above and beyond giving the shirt off their back. They are also one of the hardest working people (YOU'LL NEVER FIND A SIKH BEGGING).
    Now to the media coverage and some of the comments.....Some of them said "This guy may have mistook the Sikhs to be Muslims" . It is quite possible. Having said that does it make it right if he opened fire at a Mosque? (Yes I get the point that that the media is not suggesting that it is ok).
    As somebody who never touched a real Gun, I really don't think Guns kill people. People Kill people. It's like sayin' (my Indian friends who grew up in India will appreciate this) "computer mistake" .Computers don't make mistakes, people who programmed them, or the people using them make mistakes.. Having said that I don't think people need Ak 47 or AR 16s (The Colorado Shooter used AR 16).

    August 5, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oldwomen

    It's not the guns to blame, it's people. If guns were taken away then it would be poison or something else. This has been going on since the beginning of time before there ever was such a thing as a gun. There are weapons all around you. You can't stop crazy people and medication is not the answer neather is counciling. People have to change in their hearts and love one another.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rahul Garg

    If Americans are killed....go for war. If Others are killed...Condemn, repeat 'We feel sad for families of those who have lost their life, law will take its own course, perpetrator will be brought to justice' speech....pretend to feel sad & move on. I wanna see how long & how aggressively will CNN pursue this story.. ...Go into the mind....have the debates with 'experts' why Americans are turning terrorists...what's the root cause.....Will you CNN? No Way !!!!!

    August 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harlean

    Jeff, you are so lucky i don't know you! As being part of the Sikh community I am deeply moved by this tragic event. I was going to go to my temple today and when I horrified that this happened. I don't want to feel threaded by just going to my temple to worship. I am very sorry for the families and friends who have had people die.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Annie

    they said a couple of minutes ago the this news channel that "the shooter's car was parked front first like terrorist from certain foriegn countries park their cars for a quick getaway." So now we have to be careful of the way we park our cars so that we won't be mistaken as terrorist and get shot by gun happy americans.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ft

    Can the media stop sensatializing these stories! Report then just let it friggin go! Its fools like u that cause these lunatics to do stuff like this! They get all friggin day coverage like they were rock stars, please have respect for those victims!

    August 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Hank

    Is this is how India treats its minorities? Trying to distance themselves from Sikhs? Throwing them under the bus? No wonder Sikhs want independence from India.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mehreen

    Please stop promoting hate and stereotyping one faith. Terrorists are terrorists, regardless of how they justify their vile actions. They are not Muslims, Christians, Jews or Hindus, they are terrorists.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anna Char

    Sad sad day in America... Another senseless moron on the street. Punjabis can be Hindu Punjabi or Sikh Punjabi and probably the cause of Hindu Sikh and gurudwara temple term confusion. Let s keep the focus on the innocent people and not on unrelated issues. Thoughts and prayers to all affected by the tragedy including the officers...

    August 5, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dana R

    Indian hindus have decimated Sikhs. Massacred them. Bulldozed their temples. These Sikhs deserve a nation of their own.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Vikram

      Attack is most likely to have an Islamic angle,

      August 5, 2012 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    They are treating this as an act of domestic terrorism.
    Good.
    Because that is precisely what it is, and should NOT be tolerated by any group with the United States.

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