7 Dead in Wisconsin Temple Shooting

FBI treating it as domestic terrorism
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2012 12:17 PM CDT
Updated Aug 5, 2012 4:44 PM CDT
4 Dead in Wisconsin Temple Shooting
A woman reacts with others as they await word on a shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

At least seven people are dead and several injured after a shooting at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee today, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Police are still sorting out the chaotic scene, but at least one gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. The first officer on the scene killed the shooter in a gunfight and was hit several times himself, but is expected to live. A police SWAT team entered before noon and was sweeping the building when an explosion was heard inside.

At least 20 to 30 people are reported injured, some critically. The temple president is among the wounded and is undergoing treatment at a hospital. Early reports indicated multiple shooters, but authorities are saying they believe there was just one. "We have no idea," said a temple committee member of the motive. "It's pretty much a hate crime. It's not an insider." Wisconsin police say the FBI is handling the investigation and treating it as a domestic terrorism case, the AP reports. (More shooting stories.)

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