Sikh priest describes shooting scene inside temple


by Vanessa Murphy

GREENFIELD --- Many from the Sikh community are visiting the home of Satwant Singh Kaleka. The president of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek was shot and killed, along with five others from the Sikh community, when a gunman opened fire inside and outside the temple Sunday. The gunman, Wade Michael Page, was shot and killed by police.

Kaleka is being called a hero. His family said he put up a fight with the gunman to save the lives of the people inside the temple like Gurmel Singh, a priest there who was inside a bathroom during the shooting.

Singh talked with CBS 58 Tuesday as he visited the home of Kaleka. "The gunshots start flying over. He also saw the cell phone lying outside the bathroom." Kaleka's brother, Dr. Jadjit Singh Kaleka, translated for Singh since he speaks limited English. Kaleka's family said they believe he tried to get the cell phone to Singh or others in the temple to call for help.

"His passion was the religion. He lived for that. He died for that," Dr. Kaleka said of his brother. He called him a "Shahid," or a martyr.


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