MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin is only home to three Sikh temples—the nearest one being in Middleton.
It is no doubt Sunday's events took Middleton by surprise but that didn't stop community leaders from responding quickly.
"Here are the people meditating, worshipping, completely harmless. They're not doing anything to anyone, and then [someone] starts shooting them. It doesn't make sense," says Gurdip Brar.
He is a city councilman and member of Middleton's Sikh community.
He says he didn't hear about Sunday's deadly shooting at the Oak Creek Sikh temple until a friend called to see if he was okay.
In disbelief, he immediately went online to get the details.
"I realized it was actually real, and it happened in Wisconsin. You wouldn't think something like that could happen here. I was absolutely shocked."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims in Oak Creek and we wish them a recovery from this tragedy," says Mike Davis, city administrator.
He is working with Brar and Middleton police to support the local Sikh community.
An officer was assigned to the Sikh Society of Wisconsin's temple during services Sunday.
"The things we're concerned about and people in the temple are concerned about would be a copycat type of incident," says Capt. Charles Foulke with the Middleton Police Department. "We have no reason to believe that's going to happen but to just to make them feel safe, to make the community feel safe we will have officers paying close attention to the temple and being there when there's a large group of people there."
Foulke says the department has been in contact with the FBI and had a meeting this afternoon.
Meanwhile, the city council plans to pass a resolution Wednesday to offer condolences to the Oak Creek victims and renew commitments to peace.
"I don't think there should be violence against any religion, whether it's Sikhs, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, I just hope all of us will find ways to live in peace," Brar says.
This comes just before Middleton's National Night Out meant to promote these kinds of police and community partnerships against crime.
Brar tells WKOW they'll have a moment of silence in honor of the victims and their families at Wednesday's event.
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