Statement About Oak Creek Tragedy from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

State­ment about Oak Creek tragedy from South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) | PDF

For imme­di­ate release:
August 5, 2012

South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is deeply sad­dened by the tragedy that occurred today at the Sikh Tem­ple of Wis­con­sin in Oak Creek, Wis­con­sin. SAALT con­demns the shoot­ing that occurred Sun­day morn­ing that has left, accord­ing to news reports, 6 peo­ple and the gun­man dead, at least 3 oth­ers in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, and many oth­ers injured. We extend our deep­est sym­pa­thy to the vic­tims, who includ­ed priests, con­gre­gants, and law enforce­ment per­son­nel, and their loved ones.

Details regard­ing the moti­va­tion of the per­pe­tra­tor are cur­rent­ly unknown. Law enforce­ment, includ­ing local police and the FBI, is inves­ti­gat­ing the inci­dent as an act of domes­tic ter­ror­ism.

While the facts are still emerg­ing, this event serves as a trag­ic reminder of vio­lence in the form of hate crimes that Sikhs and many mem­bers of the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty have fre­quent­ly endured since Sep­tem­ber 11th, 2001.

SAALT is in touch with the White House and fed­er­al law enforce­ment agen­cies, as well as with Sikh orga­ni­za­tions and com­mu­ni­ty groups with­in and out­side the South Asian com­mu­ni­ty. We will con­tin­ue to mon­i­tor this sit­u­a­tion and send out alerts. Please con­tact us at to pro­vide or obtain infor­ma­tion.

Resources and Infor­ma­tion

Sikh Coali­tion          
Sikh Amer­i­can Legal Defense and Edu­ca­tion Fund 

  • Resources on com­mu­ni­ty safe­ty at places of wor­ship:

Com­mu­ni­ty safe­ty resources from the Anti-Defama­tion League
Mus­lim Com­mu­ni­ty Safe­ty Kit from Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions