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August 5, 2012

UPDATED @11:00 a.m. on 8/6/2012

Chicago, IL – The North American South Asian Bar Association (“NASABA”) is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin earlier today.

According to the latest news reports, at least seven people, including the gunman, were killed and three others were wounded in the shooting.

The FBI is currently investigating the shooting as a possible domestic terrorism incident, but no motive has been determined. Various sources have reported that the shooter was a white male in his forties.

In response to the Oak Creek Tragedy, NASABA is working with SAALT, the Sikh Coalition and other community-based organizations to discuss and identify ways in which organizations such as ours can provide support.  This afternoon we will be participating on a call that will be give us an opportunity to hear from Sikh organizations who have been working on the ground with the Sikh community (such as The Sikh Coalition, SALDEF, and UNITED SIKHS), from governmental agency representatives, and from media experts. We have also been in touch with the White House and are reaching out to federal law enforcement agencies.

For statements and updates visit our blog on NASABA’s website (, friend us on Facebook, join our LinkedIn group, or follow us on Twitter.   Please contact Emilie Ninan, Ashwin Janakiram , or any member of the NASABA Executive Committee if you have any suggestions or questions in the aftermath of the Oak Creek Tragedy.

For reference purposes, we are including a statement from SAALT, which provides links to additional information and resources.


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

  • See: Statements from Sikh American organizations that are part of the National Coalition of South Asian Organizations

Sikh Coalition

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund


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About NASABA: The North American South Asian Bar Association (NASABA) is the principal voice for legal issues in the South Asian community and a diverse voice for the community at large. NASABA chapters serve local communities in the United States and Canada, and their members are leaders practicing in large and small law firms, government agencies, academia, and public interest groups. With over 6,000 members in 27 chapters NASABA provides a powerful support network for South Asians in the legal community as well as a deep expert pool for the media and events.

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Contact: Ashwin Janakiram
NASABA Vice President of Public Relations
Phone: (312) 834-4050
Website: Facebook: / @na_sa_ba

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