From the White House Press Office:
During the briefing, the President was informed that the situation at the Sikh Temple was under control and that the lone gunmen was killed by an Oak Creek police officer. The President also was updated on the condition of some of the victims of the attack, and he directed that the federal government assist as appropriate in the investigation into the shooting. The President said that he wanted to make sure that as we denounce this senseless act of violence we also underscore how much our country has been enriched by our Sikh Community, who are an integral part of our broader American family.
Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. 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. My Administration will provide whatever support is necessary to the officials who are responding to this tragic shooting and moving forward with an investigation. 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. – President Statement
Mitt Romney’s statement on the shooting:
Nikki Haley Responds To Shooting
It’s very sad to see something like this happen to a peaceful place of worship. Our prayers and condolences go out to the families of the innocent victims and the family of the heroic officer in this senseless tragedy.
Wis. Governor Orders Flags To Half Staff
“The people of Wisconsin join the Sikh community in mourning those killed yesterday and in remembering their lives,” said Governor Scott Walker. “As our state comes together to care for the survivors, our hope is that the families and the whole Oak Creek community find healing and strength in the memory of their loved ones.”
Scott Walker Cancels Monday Event: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was scheduled to hold a health care event at a community clinic in Green Bay on Monday. His office said they were canceling it, in light of the shooting in Oak Creek.
Oak Creek Mayor: ‘We’re Going to Work Toward Healing’
“You’re going to feel the effects of this for a long time,” he said. “We’re going to work toward healing.”
Scaffidi said he did not have any previous contacts with the Sikh Temple but knew them as a “great member of the community” that did not have past problems in Oak Creek. The Sikh Temple moved here about five years ago.
Nancy Pelosi ‘Devastated’ By Wisconsin Shooting
“The votes aren’t there for gun control,” she said. “We certainly aren’t going to be able to do it in this Congress, and I don’t know that we would be able to do it in a Democratic Congress because it takes a lot of votes to go down that path.”
Statement from Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.):
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan Reacts
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) released the following statement in response to the shooting at a Sikh temple:
Wisconsin Senator Responds To Shooting
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) has been a leader on Sikh-American issues in Congress, spearheading an effort this spring to get the Justice Department to better collect data on hate crimes against this community.
I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families and community of those injured and killed in today’s tragic shooting, and I join the people of Wisconsin and the entire Sikh-American community in mourning. There is no room in any society for such violence.
While we do not yet know the motivations of this senseless act and it’s important to wait for more information from law enforcement, we do know that Sikh-Americans are too often the victims of intolerance and hate. Today we all grieve for those lost in this tragic event.
FBI Issues Statement On Wisconsin Shooting
— FBI Milwaukee Special Agent in Charge Teresa Carlson
Brady Campaign Releases Statement
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their loved ones, and the entire community of Oak Creek after today’s terrible shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple in Wisconsin. This is yet another powerful reminder of the need for a real national conversation about what we can do to prevent gun violence tragedies, and for our elected officials and presidential candidates to participate in that conversation by offering real plans to do something about it. There have now been 61 mass shootings since the tragedy last year in Tucson and 100 school shootings since the one at Columbine High School. Tomorrow, another 32 Americans will be murdered by guns.
The American people from across the political spectrum are calling for solutions. We know that we are better than this. It is time for our elected officials and presidential candidates to show us that they know it too.
UK Foreign Office Statement