Complete Coverage of Sikh Temple Shootings

This is a list of everything you need to know about the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin shooting in Oak Creek, WI.

Seven people, including the gunman, died after a shooting rampage at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek Aug. 5, and new details are constantly pouring in.

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Meanwhile, here is a list of everything to know about the Sikh Temple shooting. Click the larger headline to read each story.

Aug. 13

One week after violence at the Sikh Temple, the Oak Creek mayor calls on residents to celebrate the diversity of the city.

Aug. 12

Members gathered at the Oak Creek temple one week following a deadly rampage that took the lives of six people and injured three others.

An impromptu concert will be held tonight — Sunday, Aug. 12 — at Shank Hall in Milwaukee, starring Hindu-based music to "calm and uplift concert goers."

Aug. 11

The governor gives his thoughts on the Oak Creek tragedy in his weekly radio address.

Aug. 10

People from around the world came to Oak Creek High School Friday morning for the funeral of six people who died in attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.

Thousands attended the funeral Friday for the six Sikhs who were gunned down Sunday at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek. While there were many tears, there was also a celebration of the selflessness exhibited by the victims before they were killed.

Thousands filled the Oak Creek High School Gymnasium for the funeral of six people who died in Sikh Temple attacks.

Aug. 9

Sikhs spoke to community leaders and government officials Thursday evening about how to move forward after Sunday's attacks and asked for help to increase acceptance and awareness of Sikhs by members of the greater community.

The two-hour event will be a viewing and include remarks from local dignitaries and family members.

Temple opened Thursday morning for the first time since Sunday's shootings.

U.S. Attorney James Santelle announced a two-hour session will be held tonight about how the community can come together in the wake of Sunday's shootings at the Sikh Temple.

Police Lt. Brian Murphy is now in satisfactory condition while Santokh Singh was upgraded to serious. Punjab Singh remains in critical condition.

For two years, Wade Michael Page was in the racist band Youngland, which performed at an Anaheim club known for being nice to Nazis.

Aug. 8

Residents packed Henry Miller Park for a community vigil held in solidarity with Sikh Temple of Wisconsin members who lost friends and family members in Sunday's shootings.

Authorities have also revealed that Page died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he was shot by an Oak Creek police officer.

Police Lt. Brian Murphy has made significant progress since he was wounded during Sunday's shootings at the Sikh Temple.

Thousands descended on Henry Miller Park Tuesday evening to remember six members of the Sikh Temple who were shot Sunday, and three who were injured, in Oak Creek.

Aug. 7

Updates on Lt. Murphy, Sikh victims' funeral services, National Night Out and more.

Sita Singh, Ranjit Singh, Satwant Singh Kaleka, Prakash Singh, Paramjit Kaur and Suveg Singh will be remembered in a service Friday morning at Oak Creek High School.

Many churches will join together throughout the state on Sunday in a day of prayer, to help Christians support the Sikh community dealing with the aftermath of the mass shooting.

After the shooting Sunday at the Sikh Temple, Christian and Muslim neighbors have banded together to support the Sikh community while the schools will offer counseling during registration and services after school begins.

Aug. 5-6

A 40-year-old Army veteran acted alone in Sunday's shooting of six people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, authorities said Monday. Since then, a "person of interest" has been interviewed and cleared by the FBI.

The fireworks have been canceled and Oak Creek's annual National Night Out event is being revised to give residents a chance to reflect on the tragedy that struck the community.

Hundreds of people gathered Monday night at candlelight vigils in Oak Creek and Franklin to pray for the victims and their families.

With more than 10,000 Facebook recommendations and nearly 400 comments, this Patch's main story detailing the Sikh Temple shooting. It has information about the suspect, his home, the injured being treated at the hospital and whether this is a form of "domestic terrorism."

The victims of  are being remembered as loving family members who were dedicated to their faith and spiritual community. Oak Creek officials have released the names of the gunman's six victims. 

Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy was the first officer to the scene and was ambushed and shot up to nine times while attempting to help an injured victim. When support arrived, he refused help and ordered officers to go into the temple and help others.

The Army veteran's group was called "End Apathy" and featured songs such as "Self Destruct," "Usefull Idiots" and "Submission."

The Oak Creek and Sikh communities began the mourning process Monday, the day after six Sikh members were shot and killed at a temple.

One day after the attack at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, people are looking for ways to support and assist the victims and the congregation. Vigils are being scheduled, donations are being scheduled, and there is a broad call for education.

Temple members say this isn't the first attack on the Sikh community since 9/11, but the largest concern right now is for the estimated 10 children who witnessed the shooting on Sunday.

The president of the Brookfield Sikh temple said Monday he holds no hatred in his heart for the man accused of  Sunday and is also praying for him. "He was also a brother of someone, maybe the husband of someone. He was also the son of someone," Brookfield Sikh temple President Gucharan Singh told Patch. "What he has done is no good, no good. But whenever someone is dead, I have heart."

The Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church is holding a vigil Monday. A vigil will also be held Tuesday at National Night Out.

The woman described the shooter — who lives in Cudahy — as "quiet" and said he had just broken up with his girlfriend. The woman said she is “completely freaked out.” 

Nearly 100 members gathered outside the temple as word of the shooting spread across southeastern Wisconsin on Sunday. "This is disgraceful for the community and the whole world,” one member, who drives from Madison to Sikh services in Oak Creek each Sunday, told Patch.

Dan Jakubczyk knew something was ‘off’ when he heard sirens from several emergency vehicles driving into the area Sunday morning after church. The Oak Creek alderman, however, had no idea just how dire a situation was unfolding in his very own district.

Photos and video footage were compiled into this video from Sunday's developments.

A few hundred people gathered at Cathedral Square in downtown Milwaukee Sunday night to begin the healing process. People prayed, sang and offered their thoughts about how to come together. "We didn't want to sit at home and be angry or be scared," said Stephanie Haw of Greendale. "We wanted to show we could do something. It might not be a lot, but it's still something."

Local and national leaders, including President Barack Obama, weighed in with thoughts on the tragedy.

Reaction from around the country calls for more education about the Sikh community and prayers for healing.

President Obama called Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi Sunday afternoon to offer his condolences to the city. "His words were very comforting on a very difficult day," Scaffidi tweeted

The morning after one of the worst events in Oak Creek's history, law enforcement and city officials Monday were sorting through a myriad of issues.

While we don't know the names of all the victims from , some family members are talking about their loved ones. "He loved to come to the temple and talk to people. He speaks only Punjab. He's a nice father."

Craig August 08, 2012 at 05:24 AM
What Christian extremists are you referring to, Neo Nazi's, Skinheads, Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist??? Be more specific.
St. Swithin August 08, 2012 at 06:12 PM
The prime minister of India is Sikh. You, AWD, are the skinhead.
AWD August 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Remember Sikh traditions are steeped in confrontational, warrior values, and those values are taught to young men from birth. These young Sikh’s grow into a culture that thrives on bravado, a culture where everything is a grudge match, a fight to the finish. Those are the Sikh people; don’t forget that point as you’re mourning their unfortunate demise this past weekend.
Bob McBride August 08, 2012 at 06:48 PM
So what are you "sayin'"? They deserved it?
Brian Carlson August 08, 2012 at 06:52 PM
AWD that is the single most ignorant and outrageous comment I have seen on Patch. In the wake of these shootings, in particular, such pathetic bigoted commentary is particularly ugly.
Bob McBride August 08, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Look down, Brian. You may want to adjust your comment slightly (assuming it's still there).
Brian Carlson August 08, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Your cultural projection is particularly obvious. From your previous writings, confrontational, "warrior" values....the grudge match and a fight to the finish seem in line with your personal outlook, character and values. Do you know a single Sikh? You write with presumed authority... Please share the basis of this knowledge. Google for a few minutes? These people were all innocent Americans and you should be ashamed of your ugly words.
Brian Carlson August 08, 2012 at 07:10 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism The phrase "spiritual warrior" is very popular in other religions and is symbolic. Sihks are to be devoted to social justice FOR ALL... among their highest goals.
Brian Carlson August 08, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Bob.... Not sure what I am supposed to see. When someone partially justifies a massacre on the basis of a stereotype he has formed... I am going to speak up. The vet came from a culture of violence and words like those of AWD.... verify this ignorance.
AWD August 08, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Easy there big fella, The International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF), Objectives Working towards the establishment of an independent homeland for the Sikhs is the chief aim of the organization. The US State Department's annual Patterns of Global Terrorism, in 1999, lists the ISYF as an ACTIVE terrorist organization that aspires to carve out of Indian territory an independent Sikh state called Khalistan. Like I said, India's version of the Skinheads...Timothy McVeighs with head wraps on.
Taoist Crocodile August 08, 2012 at 08:00 PM
More BS from one of Patch's favorite bigots. Keep up the hate, AWD - I'm sure Hoffa will be around to give you a high-five in no time.
AWD August 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
@Robert E, I see Brian Carlson has no problem with your attack on Christians, but I post facts about the violent nature of Sikh youth and I get hammered. Ask a resident of Vancouver their feelings towards Sikh youth...I was there for work when all of this Oak Creek stuff happened. Let me tell you, the Canadians don't like Sikh's.
Bob McBride August 08, 2012 at 08:24 PM
I was suggesting you might want to add his second comment to your list there. However it appears things have disappeared since then.
James R Hoffa August 08, 2012 at 08:53 PM
@Taoist - Are you implying that Hoffa is a bigot? Hoffa RESENTS that sir! By making such unfounded, indirect, and inferential assertions, you're just as guilty as spreading hate as you accuse others of being. HYPOCRITE! Do us all a favor and grow up already! While AWD does make some valid and factual points, they do not in large part apply to the Sikh population living in America today. I believe that AWD is merely trying to set the record straight in that the Sikh religion in general is not as wholly peaceful or benign as the current media is reporting they are. Like many of the world's religions, the Sikh's also have a history of violence and bloodshed on their hands - the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi comes to mind. The Sikh's also have an anti-social extremist element within their membership. While it's important to stay mindful and keep a close eye on those who are up to no good and would do us or others whom they disagree with harm, it's also an injustice to characterize the religion as a whole based on the actions of the extremist elements, as is true of most of the world's major religions. There is nothing to suggest otherwise that the congregation of the Oak Creek Temple are in fact a peaceful and benign faction of the Sikh religion. Irregardless, the events that took place at the Temple were indeed a tragedy by any standard and should be mourned by all Americans. You may now go back to spreading the hate Taoist!
Taoist Crocodile August 08, 2012 at 08:56 PM
AWD's cheap bravado, Shows how badly he fears his own shadow. After slandering Sikhs, His chair emits squeaks, While he Googles "Hot Pics Rachel Maddow"
Brian Carlson August 08, 2012 at 09:04 PM
AWD....now you speak for Canada? This is amazing. And are Canadian Sikhs included in not liking themselves. The bottom line is you don't recognize anyone beyond your myopic vision as legitimate. Period. You isolate one group..the ISYF and claim our State Department....(which is an authority on global terrorism as it is so deeply involved in same) has determined this is a terrorist group. Not 30 million followers of the fifth largest religion but one group who uses this name. Thats like saying the Christian Church is racist because the KKK claims to be a Christian organization.
Craig August 09, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Robert E.: I was asking you a serious question?????
Craig August 09, 2012 at 03:11 AM
AWD: I am interested in learning more about your information that you have shared. Can you provide a link or source to support your statement? All sources I have seen have stated that Sikh's are very peaceful, etc.
Milwaukeesucks August 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Not to say that there is any justification for this shooting, but the photo of the church head is way too arrogant! It wasn't a mug shot or DMV photo where you should be upset, he posed for that! Look at it again and you can see hatred in his eyes! bye the way these foreigners start their gas stations and pay no taxes for 7 years then pass it on to a relative for 7 years and so forth. Show some gratitude.
AWD August 09, 2012 at 04:10 AM
@Craig, My Sikh source: South Asia Intelligence Review (SAIR) brings you regular assessments, data and news briefs on terrorism, insurgencies and sub-conventional warfare, counter-terrorism responses and policies, as well as on related economic, political, and social issues, in the South Asian region.
Craig August 09, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Thanks AWD. The only thing I can find regarding Sikh violence is waged against the Muslims in Asia. All my research regarding the faith has shown a very peaceful religion, some of their lessons are from the Koran (which is not too different from the Old Testament in the Holy Bible). Nothing I can find points to any threat to American freedoms. You had me hook, line, and sinker for a while there. :-P
Craig August 09, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Classy... If you want to work 80 hour weeks, and invest your life savings I am sure you can eek out a living running your own gas station.
Bernard Forand August 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
@ AWD... A slow awakening by the consciousness of people are beginning to take sobriety. England has reinstated their Fox hunting sports and Germany now actively seeks out right wing nuts. They deport them or incarcerate them. Cost of ignoring them is no longer acceptable to the sentient altruism of our humanities. They may hide, camouflage, avatar their existence, etcetera. In the end whether it be under a rock, in a hole, they will be routed out for the peace and security of our society.
Brian Carlson August 09, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Msucks.... Look up the definition of bigot. Six people....were slaughtered. You think its time to rant on foreigners when this occurs? To criticize how a man looks in photo after his friends have been gunned down? To discuss taxes? Rhetorical questions...please do not answer.
Brian Carlson August 09, 2012 at 12:45 PM
AWD....do they have any figures on Western violence...on your sites? Should we enter all US churches with weapons and gun down parishioners because the US conducts violence globally? Your submissions are pathetic and completely out of line with what has happened. Zero compassion for fellow human beings...fellow Americans. To you these people are a story in the news...an abstraction.
Brian Carlson August 09, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I walked through Oklahoma City following the bombing there. In speaking against all Sikhs, by inference, based on your information about a tiny fraction, you could use the same logic to accuse all Christians of any KKK activities or history. This is absolutely unsupportable bullshit you are spreading AWD, and you do so on a site read by the citizens of Oak Creek, who have just experienced an horrific act of violence against humanity in their own hometown. As I have said...you should be ashamed. I doubt, from the writing, that you have that capacity. I regret that anyone has to read your statement about McVeigh... particularly the Sikhs, but all people who recognize that we are all one human family.
Bernard Forand August 09, 2012 at 06:28 PM
@ Brian Carlson; With you, on your compassion and your stance against the rising tide of hatred that resides in people like AWD. Santa will be checking his list and checking it twice to find out who is ….. One more thought. I prefer that the assailants or murders name never be mentioned. Sorta of a Jesse James thing with me. Dirty scoundrel that shot Jessie in the back works for me. Okalahoma bombing by the cowardly evil under handed, no good for nothing, stuff like that but never the name of the pervert. Leave that for their graves if any. Fodder for the swine farm for all I care. Victims are the one’s we should immortalize.
Bernard Forand August 09, 2012 at 07:07 PM
IF I were a bigoted, hate vomiting skin head which party would I choose? LOL that’s easy the “PARTY FIRST” ….
The Anti-Alinsky August 09, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Bernie, if YOU were a "bigoted, hate vomiting skin head" you would choose the Democratic party. If I were a "bigoted, hate vomiting skin head" I would...nah, I would choose the Democrats as well!
Brian Carlson August 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Agreed re: names. Many of these sick people want the notoriety. That is something we can control.


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