Local Sikh priest reacts to Wisconsin shootings

2012-08-06T17:30:00Z 2012-08-15T23:56:51Z Local Sikh priest reacts to Wisconsin shootingsBy Lu Ann Franklin Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 06, 2012 5:30 pm  • 

MERRILLVILLE | “We don’t know what is in the mind of humans,” said Harpal Singh, priest of Merrillville's Sikh Temple, reacting to Sunday’s killing rampage by a white supremacist at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis.

“Just two weeks ago, there were the shootings in the theater in Colorado,” Singh said, adding that the world is a violent place.

Some initial reports from Wisconsin indicated Wade Michael Page may have thought he was attacking a Muslim house of worship. However, Singh said the motive isn’t known and shouldn’t be speculated on until authorities complete their investigation.

“We may never know why,” he said.

Singh said no extra precautions are being taken at his Sikh Temple.

As a matter of fact, the temple, 10005 Colorado St., is opening its doors to the community Tuesday night.

The Sikh Society of Northwest Indiana is hosting a Service for Remembrance for the victims of the attack from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the temple. It includes prayers and a candlelight vigil and is followed by a community meal.

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