[UPDATE] OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 6, 2012 -- 12:34 PM
Police say local Wisconsin authorities had no contact with the gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple before the attack.
Police Chief John Edwards said Monday that authorities in suburban Milwaukee didn't have any run-ins with Wade Michael Page before Sunday's shootings. The shootings ended when Page was fatally shot by police.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson also says the agency isn't aware of any past threats made against the temple. Carlson says the agency had no reason to believe he was planning or capable of such violence.
Carlson also says the FBI is looking for a white male seen at the temple after the shooting. She called him a person of interest who detectives want to interview. But authorities stressed they believe Page acted alone.
[UPDATE] OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 5, 2012 -- 4:34 PM
Police in Wisconsin say the FBI will handle the investigation of shootings at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards says the case is being treated as a domestic terrorism case and the FBI is better equipped to handle that.
Edwards said during a news conference Sunday afternoon that seven people are dead, including the suspected shooter, and three people are wounded. One of those is a police officer shot by the suspect.
The shootings happened about 10:30 a.m. as people were gathering for a service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, which is just south of Milwaukee.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- August 5, 2011 -- 4:10 PM
President Barack Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama are "deeply saddened" by the killing of at least six people Sunday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
In a statement issued by the White House, Obama tells the people of Oak Creek, Wis., that "the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers." He says, "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded."
The president says his administration will provide "whatever support is necessary" to those investigating the shooting.
Obama stressed "how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs," whom he describes as "part of our broader American family."
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 5, 2012
Police in Wisconsin say seven people are dead at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee, including the suspected gunman.
Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt says tactical officers have been through the temple where shots were fired about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. He says they found four people inside the building and three people outside.
He says one of those killed outside is the suspect, who fired on the first officer to arrive. Wentlandt says that officer fired back, killing the suspect. He says the officer is now at an area hospital in surgery.
Wentlandt says police do not believe a second shooter was involved.
He also says the best information he has is that two people, including the officer who was shot, were taken to hospitals.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- August 5, 2012
A spokeswoman for a Milwaukee hospital says doctors there are treating three victims of a shooting at a Sikh temple south of the city.
Froederdt Hospital spokeswoman Carolyn Bellin says the three victims of the shooting in suburban Oak Creek are all men. She did not have their identities or know why they were at the temple Sunday morning when the shootings occurred.
Belliin says one of the men is in the operating room, another is in a surgical intensive care unit and the third is being evaluated in the emergency room.
Belliin says the hospital is a level-one trauma center and is prepared to receive more patients from the shooting, but does not know if more will be on the way.
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 5, 2012 -- 2:15 pm
Police in Wisconsin say one suspect has been "put down" outside a Sikh temple and they do not know if other shooters are inside the building.
Authorities were called to the temple Sunday morning with a report of shots fired.
Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt says he doesn't know how many victims or how many suspects are involved.
He says a suspect fired at police and an officer put the man down. He says he has no word on the man's condition.
Wentlandt says it is an ongoing and fluid situation.
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 5, 2012 -- 1:53 pm
Witnesses outside of a Sikh temple near Milwaukee say people inside with whom they have spoken are describing a hostage situation.
Police in suburban Oak Creek have not released any specific details about the shootings that took place Sunday morning. It was unclear how many people had been injured.
Authorities have responded with a dozen ambulances and tactical units. At least two people have been taken to the main trauma hospital in the area.
Sukhwindar Nagr (suk-WIN'-dahr NAG'-er), of Racine, says he called his brother-in-law's phone and a priest at the temple answered. Nagr says the priest told him that his brother-in-law had been shot, along with three priests.
Nagr says the priest also said women and children were hiding in closets at the temple.
OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) -- August 5, 2012
A police dispatcher in Wisconsin says there has been a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee.
Oak Creek Police Department dispatcher Stephanie Uljanec says the shooting took place Sunday morning at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin but she doesn't know how many people are shot or if there are fatalities.
There are more than a dozen ambulances parked outside the temple, and police have corralled media and a handful of bystanders to an area near the temple.
Fran McLaughlin, spokeswoman for the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department, says a call came in at 10:26 a.m. She says officers are at the scene but she has no other information to report.
Oak Creek is south of Milwaukee along Lake Michigan.