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Gurudwara shooting an act of domestic terrorism: Police

world Updated: Aug 06, 2012 08:07 IST

The shooting incident at a Gurudwara in Wisconsin that left seven people dead, including the gunman, and three injured is an act of "domestic terrorism", police authorities have said.

Oak Creek police chief John Edwards told reporters outside the Gurudwara that the police is "treating the incident as (an act) of domestic terrorism". He said domestic terrorism is when somebody "does active terrorism within the US."

He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) will oversee the criminal investigation.

Six people were killed by an unidentified gunman yesterday after he opened fire at a congregation inside the Gurudwara in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gunman had also shot at a police officer, who had returned the fire. The police officer shot at the gunman who has been declared dead.

After nearly six hours of search and rescue efforts, the Gurudwara has been cleared and people have been evacuated from the building.

Giving details of the incident, police said they got a 911 call on at around 10.30 on Sunday morning about a shooter in the Gurudwara. Eyewitnesses and family of those at the Sikh place of worship said there were several women and children inside the building and some took shelter in closets as the gunman opened fire.

A police officer was injured in the shooting and was rushed to a local hospital where he is expected to recover from multiple gun shot wounds. Two other injured people were admitted to the hospital in critical condition.

Lee Biblo, chief medical Officer at the Froedhert Hospital where the injured are being treated, described the injured as adult males over the age of 40 who were shot in the face and abdomen.

Biblo told CNN that the three received "significant injuries" and the doctors are doing their best to treat them. He said one of the injured received multiple gun shot wounds in the face.

Some other people who were injured in the incident are being treated at other hospitals and places.

Oak Creek police chief Edwards said the situation could have been worst.