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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Police at scene of Sikh temple shooting

[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. JimBob

    The new breed of terrorists: white guys with guns, maybe we should start profiling all white males now.

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

      Where did it say it was a white guy? Racist much?

      August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sacmar

      Rachel, there are other sites reporting with more details. It's a White dude.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Janice Karzaki

    CNN – the non-news network. THinks repeating the same thing over and over again for hours is NEWS. It is no longer news unless you have something new to say. Return to regular programming.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Khalsa Lakhvir-SINGH

    another deluded american who has either mistaken the sikhs for another, or he's simply high on drugs and violence to let off his steam. either way, he will be in custody in no time before he speaks out his sick motives. at this point we can only sympathise with the perpetrator's delusion and empathize with the victims' hurt.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rocco

    If only more law abusing citizens carried handguns there would be so much less of this sort of thing

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

    guns don't kill people....people do

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

      Guns don't kill people, people WITH GUNS, do.

      August 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Countertrans

    Why are we emphasizing that Sikhs are Hindus and not Muslims? Does it really matter. Would it be ok if this was a mosque and Muslims were dead? My prayers to the victims and their families. Lets have a non judge mental and non racist outlook and find and punish this culprit. Today a bunch of humans were killed, human us citizens. Let's mourn that

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guri S.

      well said and very true.
      this would be sad if this happened to any group.
      we pray for those affected.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Holroyd

      Sikhs are not Hindus. They believe in one God.

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

      You are absolutely right, but good look trying to reach the idiots of what we call American society.

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

      Sikhs aren't hindus. And no killing of any innocents can ever be justified.

      August 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. alexpdx

    According to local news, at least four dead 🙁

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. D.G.A.F.

    Enough with the gun control rhetoric. The only ones not sick of hearing about it are the idiots who think it'll make one iota of difference. Also, who says it's a white dude doing the killing here? I mean, sure, every time there is a multiple homicide it has to be a white guy right? Is this because they are better shots, or because you're just a racist profiler? Little comlumn A, little column B?

    August 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff2

    Sikhism is one sik religion.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • camty

      Witnesses described the shooter as a bald white male. This could mean that this was another nutcase who thought he was attacking Muslims. Sikh are not Muslims. Just saying......

      August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Irum

      And you are one sik person

      August 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Danny

    Racists are everywhere in America. Buy guns to protect yourselves from the hooligans.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jen58

    you are an idiot...first off Sikhs aren't middle eastern, they come from punjab india, 2ndly most of the sikhs in america are white americans, not indian

    August 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shel777

      ... and they are intelligent enough to NOT believe in three gods!

      August 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      U r mad. Sikhs are not whites but 100% Indian. They descended from the warrior clans of Hindus in 16th century.

      August 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thomas Menino

    If this happened at a Chick-fil-A liberals would be happy

    August 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • edwardo69

      Wouldn't surprise me if we found out this was carried out by some Xtian hate group. We"ll see!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • phunk

      No we wouldn't. But if it would only happen to blog trolls...now that would be a different story.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracy

      if it happened at your house, we wouldn't care.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzanne

      NOT funny!

      August 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      That is a ridiculous comment. Do you spend all day trolling comments sections trying to be smart with unintelligent views bashing liberals? Does that help you cope with reality? This is a tragic event.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • brendandebusk

      Really? Leave politics out of this. It's disgusting.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      I would not be happy. I do despise dumb rednecks like yourself but have no desire for violence.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Manavian

    A lot of Sikhs still believe in terrorism to liberate their homeland in India. This could be related to some of those criminal groups.

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

      Those Siks are some major league Sikos.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tim

    This is nothing more than a crazy person/people. No right to say it is guns. No right to say that we need more gun laws. People are sick in the head. Maybe, people need to start carrying to defend themselves. 1 or 2 dead is better than 10+. KILL HIM WHERE HE STANDS.

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

      Maybe, someone who is a nutjob should not be allowed to buy a gun so easily. I am not for banning weapons, but people who are receiving Psychiatrict care should require their doctor to sign off on their buying a weapon...won't end all violence, but can avoid tragedies like VA Tech and Colorado.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tom Joad

    If only those people had hand guns on them.
    They would be alive right now.

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