Shooting At Wisconsin Sikh Temple Leaves Seven Dead
A white male
in his early 30s began shooting in the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin near Milwaukee on Sunday morning. At least seven people are dead, including the gunman who exchanged gunfire with law enforcement. The temple has a congregation of 300 to 400, according to its website.
According to the Journal Sentinel, there could be as many as 30 victims; among those shot was the president of the temple, Satwant Kaleka.
“Since I’ve been alderman, for about three years, there has never been any trouble, or any problems,” County Alderman Dan Jakupczyk told Fox News of the temple. “They have been good citizens.”
Online forums are rampant with racist comments about Muslims. Sikhs don’t practice the same religion as Muslims, but their long beards and turbans often cause them to be mistaken for Muslims, advocates say. According to a CBS report, “Sikh rights groups have reported a rise in bias attacks since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The Washington-based Sikh Coalition has reported more than 700 incidents in the U.S. since 9/11, which advocates blame on anti-Islamic sentiment.”