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Six killed in a shooting at a Gurudwara in Wisconsin

August 5, 2012 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Six people were killed and three were critically wounded at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek at suburban Milwaukee of Wisconsin on Sunday. The incident happened during a Sunday service at about 10:30 am CDT. The police shot the gunman dead outside the temple. Four victims were shot dead inside the temple and two outside.

According to a spokesman for the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the suspect was a bald and white man. He was approximately 40 years old. According to a witness, the suspect was bald, white man and has a tattoo of 9/11 on one arm. He was wearing a T-shirt and black pants.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the shooting. According to FBI officials, Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims. The FBI is treating the incident as an act of domestic terrorism. Details about the motive of the killing are not known yet.

US President Barack Obama offered his condolences to the victims and their families. He has reviewed the security situation and convened a call with FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The Indian embassy in Washington is in touch with the National Security Council about the shooting. An Indian diplomat has been sent to the Sikh temple. The temple was founded in October 1997 and its congregation has 350 to 400 people.

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