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Wisconsin congressmen commemorate 10th anniversary of Sikh Temple shooting

Sikh Temple Shooting Anniversary
Posted at 2:44 PM, Aug 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-03 07:07:27-04

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NBC 26)  — Wisconsin lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House introduced a resolution Tuesday, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the attack at the Sikh Gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on August 5, 2012.

Friday will mark 10 years since a gunman opened fire, killing six people at the Sikh Temple near Milwaukee before shooting himself dead during an exchange of fire with one of the first officers to respond. The gunman was described as a white supremacist.

A Sikh priest who was left partially paralyzed after the shooting died in 2020. His cause of death was listed as a homicide.

According to a statement from U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, the resolution honors the memory of seven worshipers who lost their lives and recognizes the bravery of first responders on the scene. In 2013, Senator Johnson introduced a similar resolution commemorating the one-year anniversary of the tragic attack.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) joined Senator Johnson on the resolution. A companion resolution was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Bryan Steil (R-Wis.), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Ron Kind (D-Wis.), Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), Tom Tiffany (R-Wis.), and Scott Fitzgerald (R-Wis.).

"[F]reedom of religion is protected in the Constitution, and no religious institution should be subject to violence, hate, intolerance, or religious and racial discrimination," the resolution says in part.

This article contains content from the Associated Press.