The Sikh Educational Welfare Association (SEWA) Gurudwara Sahib congregation in Roswell is thinking and praying for everyone affected by the killing of seven people at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, WI, Sunday.
Parvinder Singh, who handles public relations for SEWA, told Roswell Patch local Sikhs are stunned by the news and can "only hope it was random and not an act of hate."
According to Oak Creek Patch, several people - including a police officer - were shot at the temple Sunday morning. Oak Creek Police said three bodies were found outside the temple and four, including the lone gunman, were inside the building.
"Our heart goes out to all those who were shot and the families of those who died," said Singh. "We sincerely hope and pray that those who've suffered have the god-given strength to go on with their lives."
Singh praised the first-responding police officer who is credited in early reports with deescalating the situation.
"He was brave and and put his life in danger. Without him it would have been much worse. He’s a hero in this incident."
Oak Creek Patch reports that the officer, a 20-year veteran of the Oak Creek department, was in surgery Sunday afternoon.
According to the SEWA website, Sikhism is one of the youngest world religions. Its values are based in universalism, liberalism, humanism and pluralism.