Wisconsin Shooting - Compilation Article
Overflow crowd at UW-Milwaukee observance for shooting victims
Oak Creek man’s quick action keeps temple shooting victim alive
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Sikh temple shooting victim upgraded from serious to satisfactory
MILWAUKEE — Froedtert Hospital upgraded the condition of the Santokh Singh to satisfactory, while Punjab Singh remains in critical condition. Both men were injured in the August 5th shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek. Oak Creek Police Department Lt. Brian Murphy is also recuperating from gunshot wounds he got after being the first responder to the scene...
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Family members speak about six killed in Sikh temple shooting
Six Sikhs shot and left their bodies in Gurdwara shooting
As Sikh we don't believe that anything dies, it changes form. As these souls transcend to the Infinite we send out highest intentions and Cherdi Kala for them. We are in prayer for the 17 days while these souls are in transition. May the Sikh community come together to honor these souls who chose to leave at this time and in this way to serve as selfless martyrs who were gathering at a Gurdwara peacefully. May this incident remind the Sikh community world-wide that there is lots of misguided hate towards us, and use that as an opportunity to serve and educate people to lift them out of ignorance.
The Departed Souls
Paramjit Kaur, 41
"My aunt told her that there was a shooting going on outside, we need to get up and leave," said son Kamal Saini. "Rather than just getting up and leaving, she wanted to just bow down and pray for the last time and then get up and leave. She was just getting up. She was shot in the back." Kaur and her family immigrated to the United States eight years ago. "She was a good woman. She was a great mom," said a younger son, Harpreet Saini, 18. Both of her sons plan to pursue careers in law enforcement.
Satwant Singh Kaleka, 65
Served as president of the Sikh temple in Oak Creek. He attacked the shooter with a butter knife resulting in a "blood struggle" probably saving many lives. His son, Amardeep Kaleka, said "It's an amazing act of heroism, but it's also exactly who he was,". Amardeep also says "I would love for (the public) to know that he lived his life with the principles that he knew and he was taught at a young age. It made him highly successful in America," Amardeep Kaleka said. "He lived the American dream."
National Observances and Candlelight Vigil for Solidarity
Sikh Americans across the nations are urged to gather and hold to and reflect on this tragedy. Wednesday, August 8, is being observed as a National Day of Remembrance and Solidarity. We encourage communities to post their observances on this page.
As you begin to plan events locally, please reach out to SALDEF at [email protected] so that we can share it online and through social media.
To help you organize an event in your area, we have created an organizing toolkit available here. Additionally, we have worked with our partners at the Sikh Coalition, the Sikh Research Institute, and UNITED SIKHS, to develop a set of talking points about Sikhism, post 9/11 incidents, and what people can do to help the victims and their families.
Additionally, on Sunday, August 12, we request Sikhs and people of all faiths to observe a moment of silence, sing a poignant shabad or in some way honor the victims of this tragedy at their gurdwaras and places of worship.
On August 6, President Obama issued a proclamation ordering that all flags should be flown at half-staff through Friday, August 10, to honor the victims of the shooting.
A vigil will be held Tuesday night in support of victims and families of those impacted by the shooting at a Sikh temple Sunday. The vigil will follow the “National Night Out”event.
Funeral services Friday for six who lost lives in Oak Creek shooting
OAK CREEK — Funeral services for all six of those who lost their lives in the Sikh Temple shooting Sunday in Oak Creek will be held Friday, August 10th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Oak Creek High School gymnasium.
17 Days for 7 Souls
I've decided to do Japji Sahib every day for 17 days. I would like to invite all others to join in with me either doing an Ardas or Japji Sahib or both every day for 17 days. It will finish on August 22nd. If you want to do this as well, start a facebook event and get your friends to join in.
Read More - http://www.sikhnet.com/news/17-days-7-souls
Lt. Brian Murphy
Lt. Murphy was among the first to the scene... upon arriving at the scene, Lt. Murphy came upon an injured individual and began rendering aid, when he was “ambushed” by the shooter.
Lt. Murphy suffered eight to nine gunshot wounds. Lt. Murphy reportedly waved off other officers who came to his aid, urging them to enter the temple to attend to other potential victims.
Officers arriving on the scene carried Lt. Murphy to a vehicle that transported him to Froedtert Hospital. Lt. Murphy had surgery at Froedtert Sunday, and was reportedly resting with family in Froedtert’s ICU Monday.
Officials say Lt. Murphy is expected to be okay.
Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), is pledging a $10,000 award to Lt. Murphy for his “heroic actions” during Sunday’s shooting.
UPDATE: Oak Creek Police Chief visits Lt. Brian Murphy at Hospital
All three of those injured in the shooting, including Lt. Murphy, remained in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital as of Tuesday, August 7th.
Chief Edwards says Murphy, the 20-year veteran officer is still heavily sedated, but was able to give a “thumbs up.” Edwards said he gave Murphy some words of encouragement.
“Because of him and the officers there, I believe they saved many lives. He’s not able to converse — more of a ‘doing okay, you did a great job, you’re a hero,’” Edwards said.
All afternoon Tuesday, flower shops dropped off bouquets to the Oak Creek police station — some specifically for Lt. Murphy and others for the department as a whole.
Holder calls Sikh temple shooting a hate crime
Paramjit Kaur insisted on finishing her Banis even though there was shooting
Stepmother says Wade Michael Page was 'gentle' child
Son of president, founder of temple killed says father was a hero
Wounded cop put other victims first
Sandeep Kaur remembers her grandfather Subeg Singh Kattra
Vigils in Oak Creek, Brookfield honor Sikh Temple shooting victims
Man says he hid inside Sikh Temple during shooting
Community attempts to cope after Wisconsin shooting deaths
"Oak Creek, Wisconsin (CNN) -- Community members are coming together to seek emotional healing in the wake of Sunday's shooting spree that killed six people and wounded four at a religious service in a Milwaukee suburb.
For a third consecutive night, mourners and supporters will hold a vigil Tuesday, CNN affiliate WTMJ-TV reported, to remember the dead, pray for the wounded and grapple with grief and shock. "
Watch the slide show and read the full article - http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/07/us/wisconsin-temple-shooting/index.html?hpt=hp_t2
Before the vigil began at 8 p.m., the three women who organized the event, primarily through social media, handed out candles. The vigil did not have an agenda and the crowd stood in a loose circle, waiting for someone to speak. The first man to step up led the crowd in "The Lord's Prayer." One by one, other people spoke up with unscripted words. From around the circle came:
Members of the community meet for a vigil at Cathedral Square. [photo - Chris Wilson]
IN PHOTOS - Click to enlarge photos
|Amardeep Kaleka, whose father is Satwant Kaleka, the president of the temple who was shot, praying for well-being of his father.Source: Reuters|
More here - http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2012/08/shooter-identified-in-sikh-temple-killings/1#.UCALF01lQ3i
"We've been tracking him for more than a decade," says Ms. Beirich.
more here - http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Military/2012/0806/Sikh-temple-shooter-decorated-Army-veteran-on-watchlist-for-10-years
UPDATE: Wade Michael Page moved into the area in July, 2012. Neighbors say it was a forced move, after his girlfriend broke up with him. A co-worker at Lucas Milhaupt told FOX6 News about two weeks later, Page stopped showing up for work.
"When he was first moved here, he seemed frustrated and upset," neighbor Peter Hoyt said....
'Officials are interested in Page's participation in supremacist music scene'
Read more - http://fox6now.com/2012/08/07/officials-interested-in-pages-participation-in-supremacist-music-scene/