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Photos: Gunman opens fire at Sikh temple in Wisconsin

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  1. Mourners take part in a candle light vigil for the victims of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug 5. An unidentified gunman killed six people at the suburban Milwaukee temple on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. People gather at a candle light vigil at Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee, Sunday. (Tom Lynn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Members of the police, FBI, Fire Department and Bomb Squad set up at near the home of the alleged shooter on Sunday. Local and federal investigators said they are treating the shootings as a "domestic terrorism type incident." (Tasos Katopodis / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. A distraught women is helped to a car outside of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, Sunday. (Tom Lynn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Police approach the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis., where a mass shooting took place on Sunday. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek on Sunday. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. A tactical officer runs to position as SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where a gunman fired upon people before a service. The gunman was later shot dead by a police officer. (Darren Hauck / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A police officer talks with bystanders outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. (Darren Hauck / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Bystanders looks on as SWAT officers surround the Sikh temple. (Darren Hauck / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. SWAT officers surround the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. (Darren Hauck / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. A woman waits with others for word on a shooting the Sikh temple. (Jeffrey Phelps / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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Video: 7 dead in Sikh temple shooting

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    >>> tonight we begin right back in the united states with the news that arrived this afternoon that there had been another terrible outburst of violence, a shooting, a bad one inside a sikh temple in suburban milwaukee . there was a lot of confusion initially as police responded and the first victims there were air lifted out. tonight the details have become a bit clearer and this initially is being treated as an act of domestic terrorism . nbc's john yang is at the scene and starts us off in oak creek , wisconsin. good evening.

    >> reporter: the description of domestic terrorism comes from local authorities . the fbi is now on the scene, as well. law enforcement officials are telling nbc news details about this alleged gunman. they say he is a man in his 30s. he was wearing tactical gear, armed with a single handgun. right now officials are searching what they believe to be his home looking for clues about his motive. the 911 calls began at 10:25 a.m . unfire at the sikh templeal in wisconsin. worshippers said one service ended and another about to begin. families were gathering.

    >> our officer was ambushed, shot multiple times. he is currently at the hospital undergoing surgery. we expect him to recover.

    >> reporter: the officer was rushed to a milwaukee hospital.

    >> another officer on scene was engaged by the suspect. our officer did engage that individual and that digis deceased.

    >> reporter: authorities said they found four people dead inside the temple and two more inside. for hours police combed through it bringing out survivors. for family members outside it was an agonizing wait.

    >> my mom was one of the ladies hiding. she called us around 11:00 and told us she called us quick and whispered. she said don't come. there is a shooting here.

    >> reporter: some of the children attending services were as young as four years old.

    >> my kids are frightened. we were just like ten minutes or 15 minutes late otherwise my kids would be in there, too.

    >> reporter: others in the local community of sikhs rushed to the scene looking for answers.

    >> biggest question we have is if it is a hate crime. what did we do wrong? we have had since 9/11 small attacks on the community.

    >> reporter: there have been incidents where sikhs have been mistakenly targeted by antimuslim groups.

    >> this is a tragedy.

    >> reporter: tonight for the second time in a little more than two weeks both president obama and presidential candidate mitt romney are issuing statements expressing their condolences to the families of the victims of another mass shooting.

    >> john yang starting us off from suburban milwaukee tonight. and

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