Another tragic and senseless shooting
The shooter—Wade Michael Page—shot a crowd of followers arriving for the 11:30am service at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek. Six were killed by him before an officer was able to shoot and killed the shooter. Three were injured, including the first officer responding to the scene, and were in critical condition.
Police believe Wade Page who served in the US Army from 1992-98 acted alone.
(Please read here for more details on the shooting)
Another senseless act that took lives of innocent people. Let’s hope/pray that these worshippers and the police officer are with their Gods now.
Sikh is often confused with Muslim
The Sikh religion originated in northern India around 1500 and has about 25 million followers, 700,000 of them in the United States, according to the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund. Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused for Hindus or Muslims — and have been the targets of hate crimes since the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, said Surinder Singh, a spokesman for the Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta.
“We were the victims of mistaken identity, and a few Sikhs were gunned down during that time,” Singh said. A Sikh man was killed in Phoenix in apparent retaliation for the attacks that had been carried out by the Islamic terrorist group al Qaeda, and Singh said the entire Sikh community “will be kind of scared” following Sunday’s killings.
Hate crime or just another lunatic?
While the motivations are still being searched for, let’s hope that he was acting by himself.
Some may jump into conclusion that the shooting was motivated by hate crime aiming at certain religious/ethnic group. Let’s hope that the act was simple action of a lunatic.
And we may never find the answers as the shooter is dead.
As with the Aurora (CO) shooting two weeks ago, this shooting may spark yet another round of left-wing media calling for more gun controls.
But…guns don’t kill people. People—crazy people—kill people.
The shooter could have driven a truck tino the crowd arriving for service in the parking lot, and the result would be as tragic.