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. don

    roumor has it that the indians went to chick-fil-a

    August 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • you're_an_idiot

      most indians are vegetarian...

      August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Raye

    Lord have mercy! So sad and senseless.

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

    wouldn't be surprised if it was an idiot who thought they were going after Muslims, this happened after 9/11 as people attacked the Sikhs and hindus

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

      and that would be ok ???

      August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heywood

      Exactly what I was thinking.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Tom Joad

    America gets the gold for killing.

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

    I thought the cowboys killed off all those d!rty Indians.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Me too. Don't they have their own reservations where they run Indian Casinos? I think we are supposed to call them Native Americans instead of Indians though.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      No wonder dumb and idiotic cowboys like you will only be tending cows while Indians will eat your lunch!! Get ready to get cleaned up.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • rabs

      naaaw, they only managed to produce a whole generation of filthy americans

      August 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sikh

      Not the same Indians you mentally challenged monkey.

      August 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Beth

      Well actually Red Indians and Indians today are different if you didn't already know, and please don't classify them as 'dirty'

      August 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harvey

      Jeff, you really need some help

      August 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Srikanth


      August 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Wow Jeff, way to show your condolences to the Sikh community.

      August 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • SN

      So – here is the deal – folks like you incite hate and cause tragedies like this and the one in CO – blood is always red, there is no white or brown red – take a break and try to find the peace within yoruself – you need help

      August 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sikh-not-as-sick

    Not as sick as James Holmes who was a Chr*tian

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesus

      or as sick as you..

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ~~~

    Indian men are mean. i guess i'm not shocked.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • sikh-not-as-sick

      as mean as James Holmes?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ricky

    in case a lot of readers are not aware...SIKHS are not Muslims. On the contrary in India, Sikhs and Muslims have fought each other for past 300 years

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gary

      Which leads me to believe this is likely an attack by muslims.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • D.G.A.F.

      If it were a Muslim, there would have been a suicide bombing involved.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. alexpdx

    People here are quick to point to religion... for all we know the shooter is Sikh. Appears he's still at large, I hope they apprehend him quickly!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      Nope. He's a heavy set, bald White guy.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Atheos5150

    This country has never had freedom of religion because religion is not based on freedom.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ~~~

      patriarchy came before all religions. i see that as the root.

      go to mitworld video and watch Learning to See in the Dark. they explain it, but the books are better. they can only say so much in a lecture.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jessofalltrades

    Stop the hateful comments. We are better than this. I'm starting to believe that people are being paid to post these comments and divide us. We are neither conservatives or librals, we are individuals with brains. Use them!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Atheos5150

      No ones getting paid. The average American thinks like that. Remember 9/11, every day the word "terrorist" was pounded into the heads of every American by our government and news media. 75% of Americans can not make simple life choices with out being guided by myth. It stands to reason that these people have been, for lack of a better term, brainwashed.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thomas Menino

    I cant believe a registered democrat would do something like this

    August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • mfmaine

      Possible I suppose....Repubs tend to be serial killers: John Wayne Gacy, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam, etc

      August 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      What led you to believe that the shooter was a registered Democrat?

      August 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Osvaldo Alfaro

    Don't worry about Al Qaeda, muslim extremists from abroad, or Mexican narco gangsters, Iran or China..............Americans are killing themselves, y'all! Slowly but surely, we are destroying ourselves.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Christopher

    Well with the extreme white male bashing racism constantly displayed by the left wing media it's no wonder white men are shooting your people up! Go white men!

    August 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      You're way off base. And, an idiot at that.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lynne

    Sad and sickening. Not sure what Sikh's are but they have the right to worship without getting shot.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really

      No offense to you, but your statement highlights what is wrong with this country. It only takes a couple of seconds to research/look up what a Sikh is. Yet, ignorant Americans just "go with their gut" with lack of or limited information. America is the land of dummies.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
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