OAK CREEK — Heartfelt empathy for those in Las Vegas is coming from the Sikh community in Oak Creek, following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. A gunman on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino rained heavy fire down on a crowd of over 22,000 at an outdoor country music festival, turning the expanse into a killing field from which there was little escape. At least 58 people died. More than 500 were hurt.
You’ll recall, there was a mass shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek in August of 2012. Six people died and four others were hurt when a gunman stormed in while dozens worshiped, and opened fire.
Similar to what happened in Vegas, that gunman, Wade Page, shot and killed himself after the attack.
On Monday, October 2nd, officials with the temple in Oak Creek remembered that tragedy as another unfolded across the country.
“I feel like we’re not safe anywhere anymore. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the church, temple, school, now Las Vegas, where people go to enjoy their time off. Especially going to the concert now, it’s really scary,” Nirmal Singh, Sikh Temple of Wisconsin spokeswoman said.
Officials at the Sikh Temple said they’re planning a moment of silence during worship to pray for the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas.
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