Bay Area Sikhs Respond to Wisconsin Shooting

A member of the San Jose Sikh temple's relative had been injured in the shooting.

By Lisa Fernandez and Kim Tere
|  Monday, Aug 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:54 PM PDT
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An unidentified gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. Kimberly Tere talks with locals about the tragedy.

An unidentified gunman killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee on Sunday in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. Kimberly Tere talks with locals about the tragedy.

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The tragic and fatal shooting Sunday at a Sikh gurdwara in Wisconsin touched Sikhs all over the world, especially in the Bay Area, where there are at least 50,000 members of that faith community.

On Sunday, members gathered at the San Jose Sikh temple, also known as a gurdwara, or house of the guru, where a relative of a Silicon Valley congregant had been injured at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, a suburb of Milwaukee.

"Somehow we need to take care of (people's) health issues and (do more with ) gun control," said Bob Dhillon, the lay leader at the San Jose temple on Murillo Avenue, the country's largest and most expensive Sikh temple.

In that shooting, six victims were killed at their temple, and the gunman - identified as Wade Michael Page, 40 - was fatally shot in a battle with police. Three others were critically injured.

On Monday, authorities told NBC News that Wade bought a pistol within the last week, and was the former leader of a neo-Nazi group called End Apathy, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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