President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney each released statements Sunday afternoon calling the shooting at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee "tragic" and "senseless."
At least six people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Sikh house of worship in Oak Creek, Wis. on Sunday morning. The suspected shooter was later shot and killed by a police officer.
In his statement, Obama said he and first lady Michelle were "deeply saddened to learn of the shooting" and said the country "has been enriched by Sikhs, who are a 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."
Romney said he and wife Ann were extending their "thoughts and prayers to the victims" and called the shooting "a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship."
“Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. 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.”
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) also released the following statement:
"While the situation in Oak Creek continues to develop rapidly, we are working with the FBI and local law enforcement. I became aware of the situation late this morning and continue to receive updated briefings.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families, as we all struggle to comprehend the evil that begets this terrible violence.
At the same time, we are filled with gratitude for our first responders, who show bravery and selflessness as they put aside their own safety to protect our neighbors and friends.
Tonette and I ask everyone to join us in praying for the victims and their families, praying for the safety of our law enforcement and first responder professionals and praying for strength and healing for this entire community and our state."