Statement regarding Shooting at Sikh Temple in Wisconsin
Hon. Harinder Takhar issued a statement in wake of the unfortunate incident that took lives of innocent victims:
“I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear about the shooting of innocent victims at a peaceful religious place of Sikh worship in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. My heart goes out to the families and friends of the six men and women who lost their lives, and those who were injured during this tragic and senseless act. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ?I strongly commend the efforts of the Oak Creek police force, whose timely intervention prevented this situation from escalating even further. I especially salute the heroic efforts of wounded officer Lt. Brian Murphy who was shot nine times during this incident.
Trying times have always brought our community together. It is my hope that we can unite once again in support of the families of the victims and provide them with solace during the difficult days ahead. I especially encourage our local Sikh organizations to reach out to those who have been touched by the Wisconsin tragedy and offer any and all assistance to the affected families of the Oak Creek congregation.
We must condemn acts of violence with a strong and powerful voice, but do so in a peaceful manner. “
“Peace and friendship with all mankind is our wisest policy, and I wish we may be permitted to pursue it.” - Thomas Jefferson