Sikh Temple shooting victim dies less than 8 years after tragedy: ‘Complications of gunshot wound’

Baba Punjab Singh

OAK CREEK — One of four Sikh Temple of Wisconsin members injured in the shooting Aug. 5, 2012 that left six temple members dead passed away less than eight years after the tragedy, officials with the Sikh Coalition announced Monday, March 2.

According to the medical examiner’s report, Baba Punjab Singh was shot in the head and sustained an anoxic brain injury during the 2012 Oak Creek shooting. He has been paralyzed and trach dependent since the shooting.

The medical examiner’s report states that on March 1, 2020, Singh was admitted to the hospital from his nursing home with suspected pneumonia and a UTI. He died as a result of complications while receiving treatment.

The medical examiner ruled the manner of death a homicide due to complications from a gunshot wound to the head.

Baba Punjab Singh was one of three in critical condition at Froedtert Hospital in the wake of the shooting. He was a visiting religious leader from India, who would spend blocks of time in the U.S. A temple member told FOX6 in India, Singh would help set up schools for poor, orphaned children. The others critically wounded were Baba Santokh Singh, and Oak Creek Police Lt. Brian Murphy, who was first on the scene. He’s a visiting religious leader from India, who would spend blocks of time in the U.S.

On that August morning, Wade Michael Page, 40, fatally shot the six temple members and wounded the four others. He died by suicide — shooting himself in the head after he was shot in the hip by Officer Sam Lenda.

Murphy was shot fifteen times at close range, including once in the face and once in the back of the head. He was discharged from the hospital on Aug. 22, 2012.

President Obama awarded Brian Murphy and Sam Lenda the Medal of Valor in 2015.

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