Saturday, January 19, 2013
Punjab Singh was seriously wounded in the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and is in a long-term facility.
A Sikh temple priest seriously wounded in the Aug. 5 shootings at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin has shown signs of improvement, according to an Associated Press report. Punjab Singh was shot in the head by gunman Wade Michael Page and has been largely unresponsive ever since. However, the AP reports he has begun showing signs of awareness that his doctor calls "remarkable." His best-case scenario remains limited: he will most likely never walk, and communication will consist of deliberate eye blinks, gestures and maybe whispered words, according to the report. Singh, the last temple shooting victim released from the hospital, is in a long-term care facility. See the latest coverage of the Sikh temple shootings in Patch's special section.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Saturday's event at East Middle School focused on how each person can play a role in preventing the acts of violence seen in Newtown and the Oak Creek Sikh temple.
Those who came to Saturday's community forum ready for a fight on gun control—and judging by the NRA pamphlets distributed outside East Middle School, some were—probably went home disappointed. The forum was a departure from many of the debates happening around the country and in high levels of government following the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Ct. Five months after Oak Creek was shocked by the mass shooting at the Sikh temple, community leaders discussed how these events happen and the things any person can do to help prevent them in the future. "I wanted to make sure this wasn't a two-hour discussion about gun control, because frankly I don't think it would have been productive," Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi said. "Guns were …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The family of Satwant Singh Kaleka received a gold medal in a religious ceremony Jan. 8, according to a report.
Satwant Singh Kaleka, one of six Sikh temple members killed in the Aug. 5 mass shooting, was honored this week in India. Kaleka's family received a gold medal during a brief religious ceremony Jan. 8, according to a report from ZeeNews.com, India's largest television news network. Kaleka's sons, Pardeep and Amardeep, had traveled to India to spread their father's ashes. Satwant Singh Kaleka moved his family to America with just $100 in his pocket and helped establish the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 1997. By 2007, the temple had outgrown its Milwaukee facility, so a new one was built at 7512 S. Howell Ave. in Oak Creek. Kaleka died defending the temple he helped build, rushing gunman Wade Michael Page with a butterknife.
Monday, January 7, 2013
A BBC reporter traveled to Oak Creek and learned how the Sikh community is coping since the Aug. 5 mass shooting.
A BBC reporter traveled to Oak Creek to find out how the community and the Sikh temple have recovered following the Aug. 5 mass shooting that left six dead and four wounded. The result is a 28-minute story posted on the website Saturday that shows how families of victims used their faith to help them come to terms, but also how many younger, progressive Sikhs are questioning some aspects of their faith. See the BBC story here.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Murphy received an overwhelming number of nominations from Sikhs around the world.
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Tuesday, January 1
Sikhs worldwide and a panel of four judges have selected Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy as the "Chic Sikh of the Year." This annual honor, announced every New Year's Day by SikhChic.com, an online daily art and culture magazine, is the result of a two-month long poll. Murphy, 51, received an overwhelming number of nominations from Sikhs worldwide. A Brooklyn, NY native, former U.S. Marine and a 21-year veteran with the Oak Creek Police Department, Murphy was the first responder to arrive at the scene after a white supremacist gunman opened fire inside the Oak Creek gurdwara, killing six Sikh-Americans there for the prayer service. Murphy confronted Wade Michael Page, who riddled him with 15 bullets before killing himself. Murphy …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Discussion on gun control, ownership and use has come to the forefront locally and nationally. Vote in our poll on the matter, and participate in the comments.
Three high-profile shooting deaths in the Milwaukee area since August — coupled with mass shootings in Aurora, CO and Newtown, CT — have heightened the national dialogue on gun ownership and control. It’s also increased the interest in Americans of owning guns. Sellers across the country reported surges in business following the Newtown elementary school shooting, and the head of the National Rifle Association called for armed security in schools. Meanwhile, Democrats plan to introduce federal legislation to ban production of high-capacity magazines, according to the Huffington Post. Have recent events made it more likely you would own a gun for personal safety? Or have they squelched any notion of owning one? Finally, have events and …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Murphy made headlines around the world when he survived 12 gunshot wounds and helped end an attack at the Oak Creek Sikh temple.
Most days, Brian Murphy feels about a 4 on a 10-point scale. He had another surgery on his throat, where the first bullet hit, about a month ago. Unfortunately, "it didn't take," Murphy said, so surgeons will try more procedures in January to relieve some of the pain and further repair his vocal cords. His thumb still isn't great. Wade Michael Page shot him there soon after he hit him in the throat, knocking Murphy's gun out of his hand in the process. The end of the thumb has often been problematic in the last four months. "There's always something with the thumb," Murphy said. A bullet that hit him in the left leg causes issues that come and go. But of all of the major injuries he suffered in the Sikh temple parking lot on Aug. 5, when …
Friday, December 21, 2012
A report this week in the Los Angeles Times says the FBI has no plans to release more information about Wade Michael Page or the Sikh temple shooting investigation.
A story in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times says the Milwaukee FBI office is staying quiet about Wade Michael Page, the man who killed six members of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin and wounded four others Aug. 5. The FBI's Nov. 20 announcement that it concluded its investigation shed no new light about Page or the shootings. That left many in the Sikh community "disappointed," Amardeep Kaleka told the Times. Kaleka's father, temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, died in the attack. An FBI spokesman told the Times that Page had no clear motive and the agency did not want to speculate on why he targeted the temple that day. He declined to answer questions about whether Page had substance-abuse problems or showed signs of instability. Read the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Family members of those killed in the Aug. 5 attack at the Oak Creek Sikh temple joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plea for government leaders to come up with a plan to combat gun violence.
The sons of slain Oak Creek Sikh temple president Satawant Singh Kaleka joined New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's call for government action on combating gun violence. Pardeep and Amardeep Kaleka were among 34 people affected by gun violence who attended a press conference Monday in New York City in which Bloomberg pressed Congress and President Barack Obama for a plan to stop gun violence. The press conference was three days after a horrifying attack at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children. "Words alone cannot heal our nation — only action can do that," Bloomberg said. "Gun violence is a national epidemic and a national tragedy that demands more than words. "We are the only industrialized country …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The Sikh community and other faith-based groups raised questions about issues ranging from gun control to immigration laws.
An Obama administration official was in Oak Creek Monday for a series of meetings with Sikh community leaders, other faith-based groups, students and more, according to a Journal Sentinel report. Thomas Perez, U.S. assistant attorney for civil rights, and other federal officials heard concerns and questions about a variety of issues, including gun control, racial disparities in incarceration rates, hate crimes and immigration laws, according to the report. The meetings came a little less than four months after white supremacist Wade Michael Page entered the Oak Creek Sikh temple and killed six members and wounded four others.