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VishaD. IF-Addictz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 7:39pm | IP Logged
Originally posted by youknowme

Please pray for my son's friend's mom.  We're still awaiting news.
This is so horrible. My son wanted to take Punjabi there and we might have been there this morning.
So hard to believe. These are people we know.

We shall pray so that they are fine and safe Cry

VishaD. IF-Addictz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 7:44pm | IP Logged

Seven dead, including gunman, in shooting at Wisconsin Sikh temple

OAK CREEK, Wisconsin (Reuters) - A gunman killed six people and critically wounded three at a Sikh temple during Sunday services before police shot him dead, and the attack is being treated as domestic terrorism, police said.

The gunman opened fire when he entered the kitchen at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee at about 10:30 a.m. CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) as women were preparing a Sunday meal, witnesses said. They described the shooter as a white man.

Turban-wearing Sikhs are often mistaken for Muslims, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is overseeing the probe into shootings, Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said.

"We're treating this as a domestic terrorist incident," he told reporters.

Four people were shot dead inside the sprawling temple. Three, including the gunman, were killed outside.

The gunman ambushed and shot a police officer several times when he responded to a 911 call and was helping a shooting victim, Edwards said.

A second officer shot the gunman dead. Edwards had no identification of the shooter or what kind of weapon or weapons he had.

The wounded officer, a 20-year veteran, was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive, he said.

The Oak Creek shooting is the latest in a series of gun rampages in the suburban United States.

The shooting came little more than two weeks after a gunman opened fire at a theater in Aurora, Colorado, killing 12 people and wounding 58. In January 2011, then-congresswomen Gabrielle Giffords was the target of an assassination attempt in which six people were killed and 13 were wounded.

"The gunman is worse than the one at the theater a couple of weeks ago because he targeted an entire community," said temple member Jagatjit Sidhu.

He was among dozens of temple members and onlookers who gathered in a parking lot near the temple after police sealed the building off.


Witnesses at the temple had said there was more than one gunman, but Edwards said reports of multiple gunmen were common in incidents that involved only one shooter.

"We believe there was one but we can't be sure," he said. Officers finished sweeping the temple only after hours of searching, and Edwards said the investigation was just starting.

President Barack Obama said he was "deeply saddened" and pledged his administration's commitment to fully investigate the shooting.

Obama was briefed by counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and FBI director Bob Mueller and told the situation at the temple was "under control."

"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," the White House said in a statement.

The Indian embassy in Washington said it was in touch with the National Security Council about the shooting and an Indian diplomat had been sent to the Sikh temple in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital said three men had been brought in wounded and were in critical condition. One had been shot in the abdomen, one in the extremities and face, and a third was hit in the neck.


The Sikh faith is the fifth-largest in the world, with more than 30 million followers. It includes belief in one God and that the goal of life is to lead an exemplary existence.

The temple in Oak Creek was founded in October 1997 and has a congregation of 350 to 400 people. There are an estimated 500,000 or more Sikhs in the United States.

Since the attacks of September 11, 2001 by Islamist militants, Sikhs have sometimes been confused publicly with Muslims because of their turban headdress and beards.

In September 2001, a Sikh gas station owner in Mesa, Arizona, was shot dead by a man who was said to be seeking revenge on Muslims for the hijacked plane attacks on the United States.

Members of the Milwaukee Sikh community complained to police and a state representative last year about an upturn in robberies and vandalism at Sikh-owned gas stations and stores.

New York police said they were increasing security at Sikh temples as a precaution. There are no known threats against temples in the city, they said in a statement.

Sapreet Kaur, executive director of the Sikh Coalition civil rights organization, said Sikhs had been the target of several hate-crime shootings in the United States in recent years.

"The natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case," he said in a statement.

(Additional reporting by Jim Wolf, Matt Spetalnick and Paul Eckert in Washington; Writing by Ian Simpson; Editing by Philip Barbara and Anthony Boadle)

A man wipes away tears outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis. where a shooting took place on Sunday, Aug 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Bystanders stand outside the scene of a shooting inside The Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Police in Wisconsin say at least seven people are dead at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee,

Members of the Sikh Temple wait for news following a mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Police personnel move outside the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wis, where a shooting took place Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Wisconsin temple shooting

An Oak Creek police officer speaks with members of the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

A woman prays near a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Police officer take cover outside a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

Police stand guard as bystanders watch at the scene of a shooting inside a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Police and witnesses describe a chaotic situation with an unknown numbe

Police guard the front of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin where at least one gunman fired upon people at a service August, 5, 2012 Oak Creek, Wisconsin. At least six people were killed when a shooter, wh

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VishaD. IF-Addictz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 7:45pm | IP Logged

Obama 'deeply saddened' by shooting at Sikh temple

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Sunday that he and first lady Michelle Obama are "deeply saddened" by the killing of at least six people Sunday at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and promised his administration will provide "whatever support is necessary" to those investigating the shooting.

"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 said in a statement issued by the White House.

"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," the president said.

The gunman opened fire and killed six people at a Sikh temple near Milwaukee before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with a police officer, authorities said.

A White House official said Obama was notified of the Wisconsin shooting shortly before 1 p.m. EDT by Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan. He was updated later in the afternoon by Brennan, FBI Director Robert Mueller and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew.

The president also spoke by telephone with Charanjeet Singh, trustee of the Sikh Temple, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi.

Mitt Romney, likely Republican challenger for the presidency, also expressed his sorrow about the shooting.

"This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship," Romney said in a statement. "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."

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-Naresh- IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 8:12pm | IP Logged
Yes visha it is bad news. I hope all ppl in sikh temple be fine. Yesterday i m also in shock when i saw this news on tv.. I pray to god for inside ppl hope they will be 5n.
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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 8:16pm | IP Logged
It is really depressing to be hearing this news only after the recent shooting in Colorado. Don't what this world is coming to, this era is truly a Kalyug.
I hope the Republican and Democrat candidates speak about these issues and plan to do something about these gun rules. I understand almost every American family has a gun but I think it's time to change and let go of these traditions.
All the families that had to suffer through this tragic day will be in my prayers and thoughts.

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-Naresh- IF-Rockerz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 8:16pm | IP Logged
@visha thanx for above article.
devimala Newbie

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 8:20pm | IP Logged
lets pray 4 themCry
|Persephone| IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 05 August 2012 at 8:22pm | IP Logged
This really saddened me... it's horrible to think that such an extent of hate still exists...
The families effected will definitely be in my thoughts and prayers! 

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