OAK CREEK, Wis., Aug 5 (Reuters) - A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead in an attack that authorities are treating as an act of domestic terrorism.
Witnesses said the gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (1530 GMT) as women prepared a Sunday meal, sending worshippers fleeing to escape the barrage.
The suspect was a bald, white man, approximately 40 years old, said Thomas Ahern, a spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Authorities did not release his identity.
Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the probe into shootings, Edwards said.
"We're treating this as a domestic terrorist incident," he told reporters. Officials had no details about a possible motive.
So already the motive is starting to appear that this is an anti-Muslim (or anti-Subcontinental?) attack.
In other news, Westboro Baptist Church has released an official statement in the form of a Tweet:
God sent another shooter? MT @BreakingNews: Scanner reports indicate people shot at Sikh Temple,Oak Creek,Wisconsin @DanODwtmj @620wtmj
So? Time to ban high-capacity assault weapons? Time to start racially profiling middle-aged White men? Time to revisit the question of whether hate speech incites violence like this? Thoughts?