Update: FBI Investigates Temple Shooting as an Act of Domestic Terrorism

By KBJR News 1

Update: FBI Investigates Temple Shooting as an Act of Domestic Terrorism

August 5, 2012 Updated Aug 5, 2012 at 6:14 PM CST

Oak Creek, Wisconsin (Northlands NewsCenter) --- The FBI is now investigating the Sikh Temple shooting that left 7 dead, including the gunman, and three people injured.

Police are learning more details about the shootings at the Sikh Temple that happend around 10:30 Sunday.

Seven people, including the suspect, were killed.

Three people, including a police officer, were wounded.

The FBI is investigation the incident as an act of domestic terrorism.

Investigators spent the day clearing the Temple, and the investigation will now proceed.

President Obama issued the following statement:

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. 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."

"The first officer on the scene is a 20-year law enforcement veteran," Chief Wentlandt said at a news conference. "An extremely accomplished tactical officer. When he arrived on the scene, he engaged an active shooter outside of the temple. Multiple rounds were exchanged."

The officer's name and shooters identity have not been released.

A witness described the gunman as a white man with a bald head and heavy build.

Temple members say there is no anger toward the shooter, but there are many questions left unanswered.

"It's very sad, things that happen, it's unexpected," the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Secretary said. "You know, we never ever thought, we never ever think this thing's going to happen to our temple."

"Biggest question we have is this a hate crime, I mean what did we do wrong?" a Sikh Temple of Wisconsin Member said. "Since 9/11 we've had small attacks on the community, and they've been so small they don't make really a splash in the major media."

Governor Scott Walker is working with the FBI and local law enforcement. After learning of the shooting, he issued the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence. At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends."

Governor Walker has cancelled an event in Green Bay tomorrow.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch issued the following statement:

"I join the people of Wisconsin and our nation as we pray for the victims of this senseless act of violence in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Our hearts go out to those who were killed, those who were wounded, their friends and families and everyone in the Oak Creek community. We share your sadness. Wisconsin is a state of caring people and we will come together in the wake of this tragic event."

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