As news of the in Oak Creek, WI, spread across the country Sunday, both Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike shared their concerns and sadness of the event that left at least seven dead.
"Obviously our first concern is for the victims and their families," Raman Singh, a member of the temple in Plymouth said. "We don't have all the details yet of what occurred, but we will be praying for the people who were hurt or killed in today's attack."
Singh referred all media inquiries to The Sikh Coalition in New York.
"The Sikh Coalition's thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the shooting, the Sikh community of Milwaukee, and the larger community of Wisconsin, which we know will stand with their Sikh neighbors with their support and prayers during this very trying time," executive director Sapreet Kaur said in a written statement.
“There have been multiple hate crime shootings within the Sikh community in recent years and the natural impulse of our community is to unfortunately assume the same in this case. Let’s let law enforcement investigate the case and as new facts emerge the dialogue can change. Americans died today in a senseless act of violence and Americans of all faiths should stand in unified support with their Sikh brothers and sisters,” Kaur said.
According to Oak Creek Patch, the Gurdwara temple in Oak Creek was founded in 1997 and had more than 400 members that worked and lived in the greater Milwaukee area.