Illinois Sikhs react to Wisconsin gurdwara shooting - FOX 32 News Chicago

Illinois Sikhs react to Wisconsin gurdwara shooting

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A gunman opened fire inside the Sikh gurdwara of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, killing 6 innocent people. On Sunday, members of the close-knit Sikh community in Chicago gathered to reflect on the tragedy.

A Palatine police cruiser sat outside the Sikh Religious Society on a Sunday afternoon as members of the gurdwara, also known as a gurdwara, watched the latest developments on the tragedy near Milwaukee.

Members have asked police to increase patrols.

"They will make extra rounds. They do come around but they will be very vigilant about it and they are going to, they said, any person, any person at any time, if you feel like there is something going on wrong, they can call. All the time, keep your phones ready, call them and they will be right here," said Sukhdev Ghuman, President of the Sikh Religious Society in Palatine.

Dr. Balwant Singh Hansra says he's stunned by the shooting and says the victims are like family.

"Those people, we know them because at one time this was the only gurdwara in the Midwest. Those people used to come here so they are a part of us... The reaction is stunned, the reaction is people are in shock. Why in the gurdwara," said Hansra.

Hansra says one of their former members who now attends the Sikh gurdwara of Wisconsin was late to service Sunday morning and missed the deadly shooting.

Sikh members describe a religion known for its trusting nature - a pillar they say will be re-examined in the coming days.

"This place is open 24 hours a day and anybody can come any time and that's kind of becoming scary," said Hansra.

The FBI is describing the deadly shooting as act of domestic terrorism.

The suspected gunman is among the seven people killed.

"What do we do here to let people know that this is a peaceful, peaceful place. All the people you see are responsible citizens, all these people you see, they are good paying, tax payers and they do not make waves here," said Hansra.

 

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