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Gunman Kills Six at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

Gunman Kills Six at Wisconsin Sikh Temple

An assailant shot and killed six people Sunday at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The shooter was killed in a shootout with Oak Park police, in which he wounded a police officer.

Wade Page shot four people inside the temple and two outside. He then engaged in a gun battle with two members of the Oak Park police department, shooting one multiple times before he was killed by another.

Motivation for the incident was unclear, but the FBI is investigating it as an act of domestic terrorism. Page was apparently a member of a white supremacist band, and had been involved in the White Power movement.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Manminder Sehti, a member of the temple, said one of the leaders of the temple, Parkash Singh, had been killed in the attack.

“He was a good guy, a noble soul,” Sehti said.

Sehti said that the temple was rarely closed, but that services are typically held on Sunday mornings.

“It’s like visiting your home. Your home is never closed,” Sehti said.

One of the temple’s committee members said he did not know the motive of the shooter.

“We have no idea,” said Ven Boba Ri. “It’s pretty much a hate crime,” he said, adding that the shooter was “not an insider.”

In a statement, President Barack Obama said he was “deeply saddened” by the attack, adding, “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.”

Obama’s challenger, Mitt Romney, echoed the sentiment.

“This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship,” Romney said. “We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Theresa Carlson said that the bureau was in the early stages of its investigation.

“We know our community has been deeply impacted by this incident, and our thoughts are with those affected and particularly with the officer who was wounded in the line of duty to protect others,” Carlson said.

Why Page specifically targeted Sikh worshipers was unknown. Sikhs have been targeted with hate crimes before, often by people who confuse them with Muslims, who themselves have faced hatred in the years since the September 11 attacks.†More information may be coming soon, as police raided Page’s home in Cudahy, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon.

Police have stated that they believe Page acted alone, but they were seeking a person of interest in the case who, like Page, had a 9/11 tattoo. The white male was photographed taking pictures in the aftermath of the shooting.

The Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund issued a statement condemning attacks on any religion.

“Houses of worship, like the gurdwara, are places of peace. Attacks at any of the nationís houses of worship must be condemned by all Americans. This type of crime strikes at the very foundation of religious tolerance, the principle upon which this country was built.,” they said. “We thank our friends and neighbors from across the country for the outpouring of support and condolences as we come together to recover from the attack.”

The shooting was the second mass shooting in just over two weeks. On July 20, a gunman killed 12 people at a Colorado movie theater.

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4:24PM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

6:17AM PST on Dec 19, 2012

WHEN will the NEWS MEDIA quit adding FUEL to the FIRE???

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3:13PM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

Several things:
1] THESE MASS SHOOTINGS, THESE MASS DEATHS, NEED TO BE RE-DEFINED AS A "PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE". Which they ARE.
There is an "EPIDEMIC" of shootings and shooting deaths and injuries; and THIS IS NO LONGER A METAPHOR.
Please consider this seriously; and see why it is PERFECTLY APPROPRIATE to have this issue RE-FRAMED as a Public Health Issue. Like the Black Death; or HIV/AIDS; or Polio used to be. The meme of gun "control" is probably no longer useful, as that has bad connotations; this can also be RE-FRAMED as an issue of gun REGULATION.

2] The NRA must be seen as A FRONT GROUP FOR WEALTHY, GREEDY CORPORATIONS WHICH GET THEIR WEALTH FROM MANUFACTURING GUNS AND AMMO. Which the NRA, IS. The Corporate Manufacturers ALSO PROFIT FROM THESE DEATHS. And from the nearly-complete LACK OF REGULATIONS FOR THEIR PRODUCTS. Like the Oil Companies don't like regulations for drilling in the Arctic, etc.
3] Sensible regulation DOES NOT LEAD TO ABOLISHING GUNS. As NRA propaganda for the MANUFACTURERS, would have you believe!
4] THERE ARE POLITICIANS OUT THERE, WHO BENEFIT FROM CHAOS. The Chaos that ensues when NONE OF US FEELS SAFE ANYWHERE. THIS is a large part of what brings Dictators to power! Some on the Far Right, for example, OPPOSE GUN REGULATION OF *ANY* KIND WHATSOEVER -- because they BENEFIT FROM CHAOS. And FEAR. And public -- dare I say it? -- Anarchy. Resulting from uninhibited shoot-'em-ups everywhere.

11:28AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Correction; unhappy with some of the comments, not a specific individual.

11:24AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Thank you Linda, I was a bit to unhappy with this individual, and did not want to let my anger out until I had taken a few moments. So, DITTO, and thank you.

10:19AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Excuse my rant diverging from the topic but I felt it necessary to clear the air about the west's supposed discrimination. We are destroying our way of life through our political correctness and attemped inclusion. If these people attack others or destroy their "property" ie pets, instant deportation. They have proved they do not honour the laws of their new land. No jail, DEPORTATION!
The creep who shot up the Sikh temple is an idiotic fanatic. He didn't even know who he was attacking. He should be scorned just as much as ANY hater. Hate is hate, regardless of which side of the fence the perpetrator is on.

10:09AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

Berny, I'm with you on this one. The article about Muslims...men & women...attacking a man & his mother for walking their dog made me sick. The attack was also pre-planned. The man was beaten & the dog almost killed. The police were also threatened. Nothing like tolerance of people who are different. SO MUCH FOR ABDUL'S LIVE AND LET LIVE BULL$HIT! Whenever Muslims pull this shit it's OK but natives in their own country cannot walk their dogs because they consider them unclean? I might just consider Muslims who do this kind of violence unclean. How do you lke THAT Abdul?
Muslims always claim to be picked on. Tough sh*t. They always claim profiling. Well sweetheart, if the shoe fits!!! Who commited 9/11, the shoe bomber, the undies bomber, the shoot-em-up in Texas. If the majority of such crimes are commited by Muslim fanatics, they bloody well DESERVE to be profiled. Clean up your act & the profiling will stop. An appropriate saying re our up to now tolerance of these idiotic fanatics is "When someone sh*ts on you it's bad enough but when they pull out your hair to wipe their a$$ it's going to far". Muslims will only get respect when they rein in their fanatics. Until the majority of Muslims do so, you have to pay for their actions by being profiled. Deal with it! We are tired of being politically corect.
BTW, I include fanatics of ALL religions so I'm NOT discriminating!!!

6:09AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

IT is alaways sad when someone get killed but sometime this happen because government..who ever they are do not listen to their own people...

here is an exemple of the otherside of the coin!!

A few months ago Muslims (who are 40%) in a northern Spanish city demanded that dogs be banned from public and outlawed as Mohammed said they are 'impure' (he commande that all black dogs be killed as they are 'devils'), and they started poisoning the dogs.

This is not a rare event here in Europe, sadly, yet if you criticize this hateful intolerance you are branded an 'islamophobe' and 'hatemonger'. What a mixed up world.

http://www.care2.com/news/member/100541798/3427950

5:14AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

We are all missing the point here. The minority group targeted in this attack were targeted solely because they are not "Aryan" , since the murderer was a Neo-Nazi. They could had been Jews, Catholics, Latinos, Korean, Chines, Japanese, Inuit, Native American and so on. The authorities are totally preoccupied with the specter of Islamic Fundamentalist terrorism that they do not do far enough to closely monitor all the extreme right-wing groups and their associated armed militias. Or have they forgotten the bombing of the US Federal building in Oklahoma city?

5:06AM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

It is quite disturbing that a lot of people are busy explaining the difference between Muslims and Sikhs and that it was a genuine mistake killing the Sikhs. If that is the case, killing Muslims would be quite legitimate in many a twisted minds and acceptable to a lot of Islamophobes and bigots.

These people need to search their souls (if they have one) if this killer was a Muslim, the whole of Muslim population would have been tarred with the same brush. In this case a lone crackhead has carried out the outrage rather than Christian/s killing innocent worshippers. Also some folk are finding excuses for the cold blooded murderer - meaning they would have done the same thing themselves?

Shame on their mentality and lack of humanity. There is room in the world to live and making it difficult for all to survive makes terrorists. Desperation brings cruelty and out right barbarity in all nations and people. LIVE and let Live

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