Seven Killed, Including Suspected Shooter, at Sikh Temple Near Milwaukee

BY Tom Kennedy  August 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM EDT

Police SWAT officers surround a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin where at least six people were killed when a shooter, who was shot dead by a police officer, opened fire on congregants. Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images.

At least six people died Sunday morning at the Sikh Temple, in Oak Creek, Wis. when a gunman opened fire there as people were gathering for a service. The suspected shooter was then killed in an exchange of gunfire with arriving local police, according to authorities.

According to the initial news report by the Associated Press, authorities arriving at the scene found four people dead inside the temple, and two outside, Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt said.

The temple was crowded with people attending Sunday services at the time of the shooting.

Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said at a news conference that the F.B.I. would lead the investigation because the shootings were being treated as an act of domestic terrorism, the New York Times reported. Local police did not release details about the gunman or a motive for the shooting.

Here’s Dr. Lee Biblo, chief medical officer for Froedtert hospital on the medical condition of the victims:


Joshua Barajas contributed to this report.