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US gurdwara killing: Shooter was a 'white man with 9/11 tattoo'

Monday, 6 August 2012
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New York, August 06:

The gunman who went on a killing spree inside a gurdwara in Wisconsin was a "white man with a 9/11 tattoo" on his arm, according to eyewitnesses.

Kanwardeep Singh Kaleka said those rescued from the Oak Creek, Milwaukee gurdwara described the attacker as a bald, white man, dressed in a white T-shirt and black pants and with a 9/11 tattoo on one arm -- which "implies to me that there's some level of hate crime there."

Kaleka, a nephew of the gurdwara's president, told CNN that the gunman started shooting in the parking lot and killed at least one person there. He "then entered into the temple and proceeded to open fire."

"It seems the few casualties that have been divulged to me have been the equivalent of priests, the holy leaders of our people," he said.

"My uncle is one of the administrators of the temple. It's mainly those individuals who have been targeted or shot. Maybe it's because the ladies were fortunate enough to dodge it out, but so far most of the people I've heard have been shot and killed were all turbaned males."

Kaleka said he was not at the temple at the time of the shooting, but helped police interview witnesses and other congregation members once they were rescued.

Meanwhile, FBI agents had cordoned off a street in Cudahy, a town about five miles from the gurdwara, where it was executing a search warrant related to the shooting.

A team of law enforcement officers, including from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's department and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, surrounded a duplex in Cudahy.

Authorities cordoned off the area and the neighbourhood was being evacuated.

Police have searched the suspect's home, "a short distance" from the temple, a law enforcement source told CNN who added that a single 9mm semi- automatic pistol believed to have been used by the gunman was found at the scene, along with a weapon that belonged to a police officer who was injured.

Some members of the community told local news channels that Sikhs had been targeted in hate crimes following the September 11 attacks.

They said people often falsely identify them as Muslims because of their bearded and turbaned appearance.

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives, there are around 314,000 Sikhs in the United States.

In April, representative Joseph Crowley, Democrat of New York and co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Indians and Indian-Americans had sent a letter to attorney general Eric Holder urging that the FBI collect data on hate crimes committed against Sikhs.

PTI

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americans are stupids

actullay u know these americans are stupids they dont have any sense they are thinking that the persons who are wearing the turbans are muslims, so thats why are killing innocent sardars, americans are bustards after killing lots of muslims of afghanistan, ****-in of these american bustards

As taken from BBC

Sikhism at a glance

Sikhism is a monotheistic faith founded more than 500 years ago in South Asia
Observant Sikhs do not cut their hair; male followers often wear turbans and do not shave their beards
The faith has about 27 million followers worldwide. There are up to 500,000 Sikhs in the US, where they have sometimes been confused with Muslims
In Sept 2001, an Arizona gas station owner, Balbir Singh Sodhi, was shot dead by a man said to be seeking revenge on Muslims for 9/11.

"Confused with Muslims" would indicate that Sikhs are attacked because of this mis-identity.
Wah BBC your propaganda is so subtle and we are NOT buying it!

The media in U.S is to blame

The media in U.S is to blame for stereotyping and portraying a negative image of the minorities always.

Similarly the complete truth behind so called 911 has never come out in the mainstream media.

Watch video: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=7866929448192753501

so sad

i think sardars should stop wearing turban which will make them common peoples

hate crime, sure.

hate crime, sure. not-so-successful Americans are jealous of the success in business of the migrant communities, especially Indians like Sikhs & Gujaratis. There have been umpteen number of crimes against Hindus before 9/11, when they would shoot down a Bindu-sporting Hindu lady and call it dot-busting. It all started way before 9/11 and is a clear sign of envy & jealousy taking criminal turn in the American society. So add hate to envy and you have a very potent bomb raring to touch and go. Indian communities every where in the world must watch out and should not display their success & well-being to the envious neighbours. Neighbours envy, owners' hide - instead of pride, to paraphrase Onida TVs ad line.

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