FBI To Investigate Sikh Temple Shootings As Domestic Terrorism

9:05 PM, Aug 5, 2012   |    comments
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OAK CREEK, Wis. (AP) - 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.

In Rockville, Argit Singh Sodhi says news of the shooting brought back a flood of bad memories now more than ten years old.

On September 15, 2001, four days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Balbir Singh Sodhi, Hargit's brother, was shot to death in Phoenix by a man who was allegedly trying to avenge the attacks on America by radical muslims.

"He thought we belonged to the Middle East, or Taliban, or terrorist group.  When the hate crime comes, it not affect one person, one family, it affect the whole community," Singh Sodhi said.

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