Sikh Temple Shooting: 7 Things You Need to Know
#5 – Satwant Kaleka, who founded the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in 2007 to accommodate the area’s growing Sikh community, was among the shooting victims who died in the incident:
Among the dead was the temple president, Satwant Kaleka, who arrived in the US in 1982 largely penniless and built a successful petrol-station business. His son, Amardeep, said Kaleka, 65, was shot twice after tackling Page and then hid in a room where he died.
Kaleka was a founder of the temple, which opened five years ago to accommodate the area’s expanding Sikh community. “It was like a second home to him,” said Amardeep Kaleka. “He was the kind of person who, if he got a call that a bulb was out at 2am he’d go over to change it.”
#6 – The head priest of the Sikh Temple, Gurmel Singh, said that his brother-in-law Parkash Singh — who was killed in the shooting incident — had recently brought his family to the United States from India:
“He’s dead. Two children and a wife here,” Singh said. “I’m here for 15 or 16 years in the USA. And at this temple, maybe five years. There are no problems. First time problem.”