Sikh Temple Shooting

Sundeep Morrison


On a fateful Sunday morning seven years ago, Sundeep Morrison received a phone call from her brother in Wisconsin that shook her to her core. A white supremacist had attacked the Oak Creek Sikh Temple, where her parents usually went to pray.

Morrison’s parents happened to have gone to a different gurdwara that morning, but six people lost their lives at the hands of the hate crime. 

Courtesy of Pardeep Singh Kaleka

The Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee (IFCGM) brings together regional leaders from 20 faith denominations. The organization works to establish dialogue, build relationships, counter hate and fear, and build programs that not only foster understanding and friendship but champion social issues to help create a better society for everyone.

Image courtesy of Pardeep Singh Kaleka

Aug. 5 marks the six-year anniversary of the Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. The hate crime left six people dead and four others wounded, and the killer later committed suicide. Among those who died in the ambush was the temple’s leader, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

Photo courtesy of Arno Michaelis

This August marks the 6th anniversary of the shooting at  the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  The hate crime left six people dead and four others wounded, and the killer later committed suicide.  Among those who died was the temple’s leader, Satwant Singh Kaleka.

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It was five years ago on August 5th when a gunman walked into the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and killed six congregants and injured others. It was one of the worst religious hate crimes carried out in this country, but it also brought many disparate parts of Milwaukee together in support of the Sikh community.

Commemorations of the anniversary are planned over the next two weekends. Leaders of the Sikh Temple are planning a major observance on August 6th. But people of other faiths and in the secular community will mark the anniversary as well.

Marti Mikkelson

It’s been three years since a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six worshippers. Several dozen people turned out Wednesday evening for a ceremony to remember those who died.

Each worshipper donned a head scarf and took off their shoes before walking into the temple. A temple leader chanted while worshippers sat on the floor, their heads bowed in meditation while photos of the victims flashed on screens at the front of the room.

Marti Mikkelson

This week’s killings at a Charleston church brought back memories for Amardeep Kaleka.

“It shatters you and makes you feel like the tragedy is happening all over again, but on a larger scale,” Kaleka says.

It was nearly three years ago that a gunman shot and killed Kaleka’s father and five other people, as they gathered for Sunday worship at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

Erin Toner

Two years ago Tuesday a white supremacist opened fire at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, killing six people and injuring others.

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It’s been one year since a white supremacist opened fire killing six people and injuring several others at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek.

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Erin Toner

The Sikh community is gathering this weekend to honor the memory of loved ones who died one year ago. 

Ann-Elise Henzl

It was one year ago that a white supremacist walked into the Oak Creek Sikh temple, opened fire, and killed six worshippers.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Monday is the first anniversary of the deadly shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek.

At least 100 people gathered at the federal courthouse in downtown Milwaukee Friday, to honor the six Oak Creek Sikh temple members, who were slain nearly a year ago.

Pictures of those who died were on display in the rotunda, right under the American flag.

They were killed when a white supremacist entered the temple and opened fire. He took his own life, after he was surrounded -- and injured -- by police.

Amardeep Kaleka, the son of slain temple president Satwant Singh Kaleka, says it was unfortunate that it took a tragedy for Sikhs to be recognized in America.