Sikhism is the fifth religion in the world and one of the fastest growing. The temple attacked in the suburb of Milwaukee was Sikh.
According to different sources, the Sikh religion was first practiced in Punja, India, during the 15th Century.
There are over 30 million Sikhs in the world and they are spread over many different countries, especially in Asia.
Sikhs are expected to embody the qualities of a "Sant-Sipāhī"—a saint-soldier. One must have control over one's internal vices and be able to be constantly immersed in virtues clarified in the Guru Granth Sahib.
A Sikh must also have the courage to defend the rights of all who are wrongfully oppressed or persecuted irrespective of religion, colour, caste or creed.
The principal beliefs of Sikhi are faith in Waheguru—represented by the phrase ik ōaṅkār, meaning one God, along with a praxis in which the Sikh is enjoined to engage in social reform through the pursuit of justice for all human beings.
Sikhi advocates the pursuit of salvation in a social context through the congregational practice meditation on the name and message of God. The followers of Sikhi are ordained to follow the teachings of the ten Sikh gurus, or enlightened leaders, as well as the holy scripture entitled the Gurū Granth Sāhib Ji, which, along with the writings of six of the ten Sikh Gurus, includes selected works of many devotees from diverse socio-economic and religious backgrounds.
The tenth guru, conferred the leadership of the Sikh community to the Gurū Granth Sāhib and the corporate body of the Khālsā Panth (the Granth and the Panth). Sikhi's traditions and teachings are associated with the history, society and culture of Punjab. Adherents of Sikhī are known as Sikhs (students or disciples) and number over 30 million across the world.
Most Sikhs live in Punjab, India, although there is a significant Sikh diaspora. Until the Partition of India with the division of Panjab and the subsequent independence of Pakistan and later India, millions of Sikhs lived in what is now Pakistani Punjab.
The shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek left seven people dead, including the assasin, who was shot by the police. The massacre stunned the nation, only weeks after the killing of 12 people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado.
- A shooting during Sunday services at a Sikh temple left at least seven people dead, including a gunman, and at least three critically wounded, police and hospital officials said. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- Four people were shot inside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in suburban Milwaukee and three outside, including the gunmann killed by a police officer, said Greenfield Police Chief Bradley Wentlandt. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- "This is the best information we have, and this information may change," he told reporters outside the temple. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- Smiran Kaleka, the niece of one of the wounded men, said an unknown number of gunmen walked into the kitchen of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek about 10:30 a.m. CDT (11.30 a.m. EDT) and started shooting. She said her mother had told her the shooters were white men. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- The 20-year veteran officer who exchanged fire with the gunman was hit several times, Wentlandt said. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- He was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive. Photo: AP
- Witnesses said hostages were being held inside the temple but police did not confirm this. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- A man who said his father had been wounded in the incident reported that there had been multiple shooters of Caucasian descent, quoting people inside the temple. Photo: GETTY IMAGES
- Police, ambulances and firefighters from Oak Creek and other localities were on the scene at the temple. Photo: AP
- "It was a very coordinated thing," the man, identified as Amardeep Kaleka, told police. Photo: AP
- "How sick do you have to be to walk into a church and shoot it up?" said Smiran Kaleka. Photo: AP
- Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt said multiple 911 calls were received this morning about a gunman or gunmen. He said the first police officer responding to the calls engaged an active shooter at the temple. The officer was shot multiple times, but returned fire, and the suspect, Wentlandt said, was "put down." Photo: AP
- The dispatcher for Oak Creek Fire Department said first reports of the shooting occurred about 10:30 a.m. local time (11.30 a.m. EDT). The shooting came just two weeks after the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed. Photo: AP