OAK CREEK — Amarjit Kaur is the only Oak Creek Sikh Temple shooting victim who has been treated and released from the hospital. Kaur survived the shooting, but the friend she was with Sunday morning was killed. Kaur says the shooter — 40-year-old Wade Michael Page had an expressionless face as he fired the gun.
“He just look at me. I look in his eyes. He`s wearing glasses and he just goes ‘ta-ta-ta.’ He just unload the gun in front of me. I want to step back, but he didn’t give me a chance,” Kaur said.
Kaur had been praying with a friend in the temple’s blessing room when shouts drew them into the hallway. Kaur said with his face expressionless, he raised his weapon toward the women.
“I’m stunned over there. I’m not able to think anything over there — not even do I stay or run? Nothing coming in my mind,” Kaur said.
A round of shots was fired, and a bullet grazed Kaur’s arm. Another hit her friend, Paramjit Kaur, who died at the scene.
“I don’t know why this thing happened to her,” Kaur said.
Kaur ran into the temple’s kitchen, found an apron to wrap around her arm and ran with others to hide in a pantry — listening to the sound of gunshots.
“I didn’t call even my son. Only pray to God — he help us, he’s going to save us,” Kaur said.
The group waited in silence until police entered the temple. Kaur was taken to Wheaton-Franciscan Hospital, treated and released.
Kaur said she doesn’t know why she survived and others died, but said with certainty she forgives the gunman.
“Sometimes people get mad. They don’t know what they have to do, and maybe that’s why he has done this thing. I’m not mad with anyone,” Kaur said.
Kaur said she was partially shielded from bullets by a pillar in the temple. She said she is grieving for her friend, whom she went to temple with every day to pray before work.
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