Communities Across the Country React to Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting

Seven people were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI, Sunday morning.

As spread across the country, both Sikhs and non-Sikhs shared their concerns and sadness at the event.

The attack , coming a year after in a case that still is unsolved, and amid an ongoing campaign by community leaders to convince the FBI to .

“The Sacramento Sikh Community, like our brothers and sisters across the country, is dismayed to learn of the horrible tragedy unfolding in the Milwaukee area today,” Darshan Mundy, a spokesperson for the Sacramento Sikh Temple, said in a statement.

“The Sikh community has been the subject of many attacks over the years and since 9-11. At times like this, we must rely on our faith and join as a community to deal with this tragedy.”

In fact, the in the city.

"We need protection here, too," said Jaswinder Singh, a committee member at Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. "We’re not feeling safe. ... Everyone is calling and contacting the committee, asking if it's safe to come to the temple."

A 12-year-old member of the Sikh Temple of Iowa in West Des Moines .

"It's tragic, and probably a misconception of who we are," Jeevanjot Singh said. "I think it's because of the turbans, and the stereotype that people who wear turbans are Muslim, and after 9/11, people think Muslims are bad."

, whose parents are practicing Sikhs, posted this message on her Facebook Page:

"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," Haley said via her Facebook page.

Malkit Singh Gill, president of the New England Sikh Study Circle in Milford, MA, .

“I need to be thinking about what the next step is for the temple. We are hard-working, peace-loving people and it’s sad that one person is trying to put fear in to us,” Gill said.


James Dale Barrington August 06, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Jeevanjot Singh, the young 12 year old sikh said it best; 'It's tragic, and probably a misconception of who we are. I think it's because of the turbans, and the stereotype that people who wear turbans are Muslim, and after 9/11, people think Muslims are bad.' -- Racism happens because it is taught. It is a cultural seed that only produces negative responses to those who are different then we are when it is allowed to grow. When encouraged it becomes violent. It will only stop when you and I refuse to give it life. So sad and tragic... My thoughts are with the Sikh community.
ben Surbana August 06, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Yes, and now would be a good time for all people to seek a more Godly life if they have not yet done so. When inner peace is lacking in individuals, they can become angry and aggressive towards others who are innocent.


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