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UPDATE: Oak Creek shooting treated as domestic terrorism case

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OAK CREEEK (WKOW) -- The fatal shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple is being treated as a domestic terrorism case. The FBI will lead the criminal investigation.

In a press conference with law enforcement, multiple agencies confirm that the Sikh Temple has been cleared and everyone has been removed. They confirmed that seven people including the suspect are dead. Three others were injured including an Oak Creek officer. That officer and his partner engaged the suspect and likely saved a number of lives in stopping the shooter.

There were initial reports of multiple gunmen. Officials are investigating but believe there was just the one shooter.

They are not releasing any information on the age or gender of the deceased or wounded. Officials will have no additional information until Monday morning at a briefing at Oak Creek Police Department scheduled for 10:00 a.m.

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OAK CREEK (WKOW) - Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt says officers are going through the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin were shots were fired this morning and have found four dead inside the temple and three dead outside.

The three outside include the shooter who police say exchanged fire with a police officer who responded to the scene late this morning. Chief Wentlandt says that officer is a 20-year police veteran and that the officer is among two confirmed taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The officer is said to be in surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

Police say officers have been searching the temple and as of 1:45 p.m. had not identified any other shooters. 

Chief Wentlandt also says local authorities will give a briefing at 3:30 p.m.

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OAK CREEK (WKOW) - Police offered an update at 1:00 p.m. Sunday on the situation at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. A spokesperson confirmed one officer and one suspect have been shot.

Police say an officer arrived and engaged an active shooter, and the officer was shot multiple times. That officer is being treated and is expected to survive.

Police also say the officer returned fire on the shooter, and that the shooter is down at the scene. The shooter's condition was not given.

Police add they are not certain if there or more shooters as some reports have claimed. Police also did not confirm reports of an active hostage situation inside the temple.

The spokesperson says they do not have a clear victim count right now.

Police plan to give another update at 1:30 p.m.

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OAK CREEK (WKOW) - WISN 12 News reports that Milwaukee authorities are dealing with a hostage situation at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek where several people are believed to be injured.

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OAK CREEK (WKOW) – Police scanner reports that several people have been shot at a temple in Oak Creek Sunday morning.

Police radio reports that several people have been shot at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek located on the 7000 block of South Howell Avenue. Oak Creek is a suburb of Milwaukee.

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.

According to Oak Creek Patch, there were four victims and an active shooter. 

Oak Creek Patch reports that recent count of possible victims could be between eight and 20 people.

Authorities report the shooter may have left the area.  A witness told Oak Creek Patch that the shooter was a heavy-build white male with a bald head.  He was wearing a sleeveless T-shirt and last seen with two handguns.

According to our sister station WISN 12 News, multiple agencies are on the scene and a perimeter of several blocks has been established around the temple.

WISN 12 News also reports South Howell Avenues is closed at this time.

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