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. John Vance

    We don't even know what happened and everybody's ripping each other (I love the 1st amendment). Wait until a few facts roll in so you can pick the right target for crying out loud.

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

    One of the founding principles of this country is freedom of religion. While I do not believe in god, I do believe in America and the freedom of others and myself to hold onto our beliefs. As far as I can see there is no indication as to who committed this act yet. So before forming an opinion, get the facts and be informed instead of leaping off the cliff of public opinion.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mdell27

    Most likely an idiot right winger white guy who can't tell the difference between Muslim and Sikh.

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

      I agree with that one.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John Holroyd

    Sikhism has nothing to do with Hinduism. Seikhism is monotheistic while Hinduism is polytheistic. Sikhs believe in one God.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naomi9

      Both are militant and extremist

      August 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • sanjeev

      Sikhism has its foundations in Hinduism. If you look back in History Guru Nanak was a Hindu.
      Its an analogous situation to Judaism and Christianity, Christ was born a Jew.

      August 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      disagree with the analogous...

      August 5, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      Sikh's founder was a Hindu...

      August 5, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    I don't get it? Sikhs aren't even Muslim and seem like such nice people. Best hopes for everyone's safety.

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

      You must be male. Indian men hate women and treat them like dirt.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kurt

    I hope nobody is seriously injured, I hope this situation comes to a peaceful end soon.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. EGH129

    Sikh and you shall find

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. hvan62

    Oh the power of the internet where idiots and wimps and morons can hide behind their keyboards .

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lizzy10

    It's a scary world we live in. All are in my thoughts and prayers.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yuri pelham

    N R A

    August 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fred Smith

    Funny how there are no Sikhs in Mexico.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ~~~

    my stupid phone makes a lot of noise when you try to shut it off in movie theaters and such. sanyo/sprint.

    it would be bad in a gun shooting incident and any other case that you want to turn your phone off.

    August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bob

    When it is a white guy who shoots a bunch of people he is called "crazy" when it is a brown person he is a called terroritst

    August 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Katie

    Probably some fool who thinks they are muslim because they wear a turban. Americans are just plain stupid sometimes.

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

      It doesn't matter if they thought they were muslim or not. Regardless, this shouldn't be happening. Violence needs to stop.

      August 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    Nobody knows anything yet but that does not stop geniuses like you from posting stupid comments.

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