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Update: Norcross Sikh Temple Reacts to Wisc. Shooting

A member of the local temple called the Sunday tragedy "a crime against humanity." Seven people are reported dead and at least three are wounded.

Update, 11:46 a.m., Aug. 6

Police said one gunman was responsible for the act: Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old army veteran from Cudahy, Wisc.

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Seven people have been killed and at least three others wounded in a .

The incident, which occurred about 12 miles from Milwaukee in Oak Creek, is being treated as domestic terrorism, officials said at the Sunday afternoon press conference.

Local police told reporters shortly that the gunman was among the deceased. Three people are in critical condition.

Surinder Singh, head of public relations at a Sikh temple in Norcross called the Guru Nanak Mission Society of Atlanta, spoke with Norcross Patch about the incident.

"I know a few people over there [at the Oak Creek temple], but I didn't get a chance to talk to anybody at this time," said Singh.

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Singh added that the Norcross congregation, which draws in around 200 people for its service every Sunday, had a special prayer for those killed and wounded. But because it hasn't been confirmed if the incident was a hate crime and that Sikhs were targeted for a specific reason, Singh was treating the situation as a "crime against humanity."

"We're definitely feeling concerned," said Singh about his temple, located at 1158 Rockbridge Rd. "But it's not about Sikhs, it's not about Hindus, it's not about anything. It's all about a crime against humanity. Being humans, we should be all concerned."

Sikh members of Oak Creek are obviously stunned and shocked. A member of the Wisconsin congregation told Oak Creek Patch:

"This is disgraceful for the community and the whole world. People come here to worship, pray and express their feelings to God. It's sad that this happened here, and I hope those victimized don't lose their faith in God."

The White House said that President Barack Obama also has been briefed on the shootings. In a statement, Obama said:

"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin. At this difficult time, the people of Oak Creek must know that the American people have them in our thoughts and prayers, and our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were killed and wounded."

Go to the for more updates on the Sikh shooting in Wisconsin.

If you're looking for information on a family member or friend who may have been a victim in the shooting, a special hotline has been established to help. Call 1-888-298-1964.

How do you feel about the shooting? Are you a member of the Sikh community? Tell us in the comments.

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harjot singh August 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
it was most ridicules event occur.. shooting at our holy place where we pray to our Waheguru is just the worst event.. may waheguru (god) give place in their feet to souls of those who died there .. and give courage and bless the families and friends of those who died in this massacre ... waheguru..
BT August 07, 2012 at 01:53 AM
I am so deeply sad about the shooting. I am American-born and do not know much about Sikh beliefs, but every life is precious. Please know everyone does not blindly hate, and so many people support those who have lost someone.
Ruthy Lachman Paul August 07, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Dear Imagine friends, http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/06/opinion/kaur-sikhs  This is an excellent article by Valarie Kaur, a bright and corageous young Sikh woman.  Copy and paste if clicking on it doesn't work.  Here's the intro to the article: Editor's note: Valarie Kaur is the founding director of Groundswell, an initiative at Auburn Seminary that combines storytelling and advocacy to mobilize faith communities in social action. Her documentary "Divided We Fall" examines hate crimes against Sikh Americans after 9/11. Kaur studied religion and law at Stanford University, Harvard Divinity School and Yale Law School, where she now directs the Yale Visual Law Project. Follow her on Twitter:@valariekaur. My hart and pray with the sikhs community, I light a candle at my home for them. And going to reach out to the Sikhs community that I know they are all about peace. Anyone like to join me? Love and Peace Ruthy

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