The FBI says it’s treating as ‘domestic terrorism’ the shooting of six worshippers at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
An unidentified gunman, said to be in his 40s, opened fire just before the start of religious services at the temple in Milwaukee, a city 120 kilometres north of Chicago.
Three people – including a police officer – were critically wounded in the attack. Another officer shot the suspect dead.
The temple president and a priest are thought to be among the dead, although the victims are yet to be confirmed.
“We’ve always had this, you know, fear that there is some incident might happen. But we did not expect that this would be on this scale,” said Dr Rajwant Singh from the Sikh Council on Religion and Education.
Police searched a property, presumed to be the gunman’s house and a bomb squad were sent to the address as a precaution.
This latest attack comes weeks after a mass shooting left a dozen people dead at a cinema in Colorado.
Roughly half a million Sikhs live in the US. The community has reported a dramatic increase in discrimination and hate crimes since 9/11.