Reaction from San Diego's Sikh community to the mass shooting at a temple in Wisconsin that left six people and the apparent gunman dead ranged from shock to sadness.
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Along with the seven dead, police at the scene said three people were injured in the attack.
Police at the scene called the attack, which occurred about 8:25 a.m. PST, "a domestic terrorist-type incident." Reports from the scene indicated a police officer shot and killed the suspected gunman.
As members of the Sikh temple or Gurudwara in Poway arrived for service on Sunday morning, many could not believe the news about what had occurred in Wisconsin.
"It was just very surprising for all of us," said temple member Jasmine Sethi.
The Sikh faith emphasizes peace and respect for all of creation.
"It's sad to see something like this and shocking that somebody would go out and indiscriminately start shooting at people," said Jagjit Dhesi, the president of the Poway temple.
On Sunday, the priest at the Poway temple sang of the history of the Sikh faith, of peace and understanding and of the imperative to reach out to all people.
"All religions, we believe, lead to the same God," said temple member Manjit Gill. "So, all religions are good. There's no good religion. There's no bad religion."
The members at the temple in Poway are trying to take the tragedy in Wisconsin and turn it into a learning opportunity for the community.
"We try to educate what our religion is and how peaceful it is, and it's a constant effort," said Gill. "We can never say we're done because there will always be people who will do this. This one happened to be in a Sikh temple. It could happen in a synagogue. It could happen in the mosque. It could happen in a church."
Members of the Gurudwara Sahib in Escondido also prayed for the shooting victims, said Baljit Singh, the president of the Sikh Society of San Diego.
Among the wounded was a relative of a Chula Vista family, who had been shot in the foot.
"Some of the people from the congregation have relatives over there in Milwaukee that go to that temple," Singh said. "We prayed for them."
The Gurudwara Sahib congregation prayed for the victims during the 10 a.m. "Diwans" service, Singh said, adding temple officials planned to contact the family members of the victims' families.
"Sikh is a very peaceful religion, but it could happen to anyone anywhere," Singh said. "There are crazy people in the world that don't think twice about what they're doing."
Singh said the local congregation would meet and decide if extra security would be necessary in the future, either at the Escondido temple or at the Sikh Society's Poway location.
"We haven't had any incidents here in San Diego," Singh said.
Extra police presence had not yet been requested, but Escondido police officials said they would evaluate and determine if security would be necessary.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, released a statement late Sunday afternoon, which read in part: "American Muslims stand with their Sikh brothers and sisters in this time of crisis and loss."
CAIR has spoken out in the past against bias-motivated attacks on American Sikhs. Sikh men who have a beard and wear a turban are often mistaken for Muslims.
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