Wisconsin: An investigation has been initiated into the massacre in a gurudwara in Wisconsin in the USA where six people were killed before the gunman was shot dead. According to the initial investigation, the gunman, identified as former armyman Wade Michael Page, had possible ties to white supremacist groups. He had his own far right punk band called End Apathy.
Page had bought the gun on July 28 at the Shooters Shop in Wisconsin, and picked it up two days later. He even used the shop's shooting range at some point.
According to the police, he had recently separated from his girlfriend, but had given her no indication of a possible attack. His friend, however, told CNN that he had talked about racial cleansing and holy war.
Wade Michael Page had possible ties with white supremacist groups, even had his own far right punk band End Apathy.
However, Page's mother claimed that he was not a racist and she did not know what changed her son.
She said, "What has changed him I have no idea and obviously we're never going to know. He had hispanic friends and he had black friends."
"I'm totally devastated. His father is devastated. We're pretty much in shock. My heart goes out to those people. I'm as devastated for them."
Reacting to the incident, US President Barack Obama warned that such events were on rise saying it was time for some soul searching.
Obama said, "All of us recognise that these kinds of terrible, tragic events are happening with too much regularity. It is time for soul-searching and we need to think of ways to stop reduce violence."
Union External Affairs Minister SM Krishna, who spoke to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, called for safety to be provided cutting across religious denominations.
"An assurance to the Indian community has to come out from the Obama administration that their interests are going to be quite safe. I have also suggested to Secretary Clinton that the places of worship in America, cutting across religious denominations, must be given full protection," said Krishna.
Meanwhile, Sikhs in Wisconsin came together after the deadly shooting to honour the dead. A special ceremony was held to pray for the victims of the deadly shooting in Oak Creek.
However, it was also underlined at the ceremony that the need was to make people aware of the culture and belief of Sikhism.
The ceremony was attended by several such people as well who were present at the Gurudwara when the deadly shooting took place. They said that the entire Sikh community was in mourning.