- The Sikh faith is the fifth-largest in the world, with more than 30 million followers. It includes belief in one God and that the goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence.
- The temple in Oak Creek, south of Milwaukee, was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people.
- There are an estimated 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States.
- Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Islamist militants, Sikhs have sometimes been confused publicly with Muslims because of their turban headdress and beards.
- Members of the Milwaukee Sikh community complained to police and a state representative last year about an upturn in robberies and vandalism at Sikh-owned gas stations and stores.
Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community.
We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.
President Barack Obama said he was "deeply saddened" and pledged his administration's commitment to fully investigate the shooting.
At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded.
As we mourn this loss which took place at a house of worship, we are reminded how much our country has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a part of our broader American family.
While the FBI is investigating whether this matter might be an act of domestic terrorism, no motive has been determined at this time.
United States President Barack Obama has been told the situation at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin is "under control" after a shooting rampage there on Sunday and the killing by police of the lone gunman.
Security officials briefed Obama about the incident and he later called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi and the trustee of the Sikh temple, Charanjeet Singh, to express condolences for the lives lost, the White House said.
The US FBI are handling the investigation into the Sikh temple shooting as a "domestic terrorism" case, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said.
The best information is that there was only one gunman.
He also said the temple complex has been cleared, but they are still methodically searching the area.
The police chief of the city of Greenfield, Brad Wentlandt said a very experienced police officer "engaged an active shooter" outside the temple and "multiple rounds were exchanged".
He said the police officer was shot several times and is now being treated in hospital for multiple gunshot wounds.
President Barack Obama has been told about the fatal shooting spree at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a White House official has confirmed.
John Brennan, Obama's counterterrorism adviser, told him about the shooting.
The president is now receiving updates on the incident in suburban Milwaukee, the official said.
At least seven people have died, including a gunman, and at least three people are seriously wounded, local police and hospital officials said.
A shooting during a Sunday service at a Sikh temple has killed at least seven people, including the gunman, and injured "dozens" more, leaving at least three critically wounded.
Four people were shot inside the temple and three were shot outside.
Smiran Kaleka, a niece of one of the wounded men, said a number of gunmen walked into the kitchen of the temple in Oak Creek and started shooting. She said her mother had told her the shooters were white men.
Police in Milwaukee say they have killed an "active shooter" at the scene. A police spokesperson told the Associated Press that six people had been shot inside the temple.