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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I send condolences to the many human beings who are grieving as a result of this senseless killing.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dana R

    Where is the indian ambassador? Why is she keeping quiet. Why is she not out on site. Are these sikhs untouchables? Shame on indian government.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    So the hate and intolerance continues unabated, is that your point, Hank?
    Because we already knew that.
    That all faiths practice atrocities is well-known; murder in the name of religion will never stop...

    August 5, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kersi N. Mistry

    It's time we as a nation learn it is not enough to live alongside our neighbours (no matter where they be from): it's important to understand them so that we may not harm them in a fit of madness.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Emma

    Thess comments are truly unbelievable. Imagine if you were a relative or friend of a victim of this crime, and you read this article, scrolled through comments, and this is what you see– condolences overshadowed by ign

    August 5, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Peace

    According to India times the shooter was a bald heavy built white male... Go figure

    August 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amrit

    This news itself is shocking, but bigger than the news are all the comments. I've read some very stupid comments, and why are they stupid? Because people are commenting on this news without having ANY knowledge about Sikhism.Sikhs are human beings, they have families, they work, they make food, they make their own livings. How are they any different than anyone else in the world? Educate yourself about what Sikhi really is. What Sikhs follow, and what they are really taught through Sikhism. And for the people who are using the word 'indians' get it right. Being indian and being a sikh are two different things as is being punjabi and being a sikh. Dont blindly cast your views.

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

      listen i m sorry they were killed today but dont you dare lecture anyone on being ignorant because they dont know tbe difference between an indian and a punjab whatever pal...imagine if your country, in less than 20 plus years goes from two, maybe three languages to who knows how many today

      August 5, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. viewer

    Do we have to watch Don Lemon and his co presenter fight on TV instead of focus on the current issue-Shooting.

    August 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Vib Mathur

    Its sad to know that the gun control is loosening in this country and number of psychics (who are called terrorists if it would have happened in any other country) is increasing... 5th psychic shooting incident in US in three months....

    August 5, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjeev

      Vib, did you mean psychotic or psycho??

      August 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Harminder

    May Waheguruji bless the innocent people who were affected cause this brutal act. May god keep all the affected and their families strong and give us strength to fight against such cruel and cowardless acts. I thank the police for their intervention but also plead the government to take stern action so that nothing such untoward incident happens anywhere else ever. Please please do the needful.

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

    Prayers for the victims & the people who are gonna miss them. Be it any religion, any race or class, victimizing fellow humans is an act of real dirtiness that we as a mankind are capable of. Open any religion's holy book and the gist would be love & brotherhood. Misinterpretation with unrealistic facts, had always been a catalyst to the hatred towards religion. Please try not spread more hatred than its already in the air!!

    August 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elder Brown

      Lets Continue To Pray For Our Nation, There Is A Shooting Spirit That Is Destroying The Very Essence Of Our Community, And Nation.

      Preach Elder Brown @ Facebook

      August 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HV

    As Indian American, i thank for service of police officer who saved many more and now he is in criticial situation. Hoping for his speedy recovey. We need to put up fund for all these victims to help. This is sad day and whole nation grive with victims and their families. Again thanks to all U.S. agencies who have come to gether to help.

    August 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ravi

    Firstly I would like to thank the CNN channel for broadcasting this tradgic situation worldwide.. being in the west midlands uk.. along with the Sikh Channel, we have been updated live! Secondly, this is hurting every Sikh Human through out the world, but we need to remember this attack has taken in place of our 'gurudwara' home of our living guru! this is not a attack on the Sikh Gurudwara alone, but on every home where 'GOD' is worshiped! And last of all people need to get over the Sikh – Muslim confrontations.. this is not encourage but insulting and offensive!!
    God Bless.. the congragation, families, souls of the decesed and upmost the policeofficers who put themslves in the line of death defending the congragation!!

    August 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. desi

    This is true. When anyone with different appearance walks, they are not stared at. Instead, please are cognizant if such an individual needs help with anything being there.

    August 5, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. India-sikh

    For people who have written stupid comments & even the Sikh people not identifying themselves as Indian you need to get you facts right too

    Sikhism is a religion not a nationality. So no matter if u r a Hindu or a Sikh you will still be an Indian. People from America be it whatever religion they belong are known as Americans not by there religion. So be it Sikh or hindu or Christian if you are from India you will be referred as Indian.

    August 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • BritSikh

      Point of fact – you're an Indian if you're an Indan citizen. I will never be Indian, and neither would I want to be, but I am a Sikh. My thoughts are with my American Sikh brothers and sisters, especially with those in Oak Creek.

      August 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
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