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. susan

    People who live the Sikh faith are the kindest people.. totally nonviolent.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RichardDockinz

    Probably some crazy Christian who wanted to spread the message of the bible.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Wow. no news of the shooter and its assumed its a white male christian republican.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ethan

    here we go again. False flag?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sacmar

    On another site, they are saying it's a heavy set, bald White guy.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Not shocked.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin

    Soo confused: I agree with you. Too many stupid people not being able to tell the difference between Sikh and Muslim.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ryan

    There needs to be a bill passed and a law that requires people to purches guns or else you get taxed. That way everyone can shoot back when this happens and this would be legal because obama did it with his obamacare.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @Soo confused: "And let the ignorant comments begin. Too bad stupid people don't know that they can simply google the word Sikh and find out in 2 minutes what it is all about... but noooo... just call em all muslims and move forward making ignorant comments."

    You just defined the GOP.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      That is what I did and I was very impressed. From what I read it seems to be the most logical religion I am aware of.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. sikh-not-as-sick

    Not as sick as James Holmes who was a Christian!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. answeringislamphobes

    what do you expect from all the islamphobe hate groups spreading around in the US, the Norwegian killer was influenced with their hatred and there are alot of crazy white dude their too in america

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. kyactivist

    Even if they were Muslim (which they are not, if you have been reading and have half of a brain) this would still be unacceptable and tragic. Gun nuts need to be regulated

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      @kyactivist: Totally agree with you. Sikh is different from Muslim but no one (not Muslims or anyone else) who is peaceful deserve this.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. sikh-not-as-sick

    Not as sick as James Holmes who was a Christian

    August 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      So, this incident is acceptable? You should do the world a favor and kill yourself.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Hirsh

    Sad day in America. Hope justice is swift and final.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Topher

      As final as life imprisonment.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Salem

    Amazing amount of racism shown in these posts highlight stupidity at its finest; this kind of ignorance is probably what led to this massacre.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      Americans will never admit it. Denial is our society's biggest weapon.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. abe

    Guns...guns guns... get it off the street. Get it out off the public hands. Ban the Guns, its destroying our country and the families.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Yes, take the guns away from legal citizens, that will absolutely keep us safe from criminals, since they follow the law so well. Just look at Chicago. No legal guns, and no one gets hurt there... er, wait, it's the murder capitol of the planet...

      August 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      Congratulations abe, you win the stupidity award for today 🙂

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. solowd

    I bet the shooter is a republican.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
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