Michiana Sikh community coming together after deadly shooting in Wisconsin
Mishawaka, IN -- When Gurvinder Singh found out about the mass shooting that left six Sikhs dead in Wisconsin on Sunday, he was heart-broken.
"Although I would not want to make anything out of it, the first reaction was that it was a hate crime," Singh said.
He was attending prayer at the Gurdwara, or place of worship, in Mishawaka when he heard the news. Singh's first thought was to drive to Wisconsin to show his support, but he decided not to.
"Whatever has happened, has happened," Singh said. "At this point, we really can't do much about it. The only thing which we can do, is pray."
He's not sure what was going through the mind of the shooter, but Singh says his hatred was misplaced. Sikhs wear turbans, but they do not practice Islam.
"We primarily come from India," Singh said. "We're not Hindu's. We're not Muslims, either. It's a seperate religion altogether."
Members of the Gurdwara haven't asked for extra security from Mishawaka, but they're confident the city would come to their rescue if anything happened.
"If you ask me, deep down, yes, we are concerned as to what's going to happen," Singh said. "But we also look at the good side of it, we have been here for seven years and there hasn't been any incident."
For now, he and others are doing the only thing they can... pray.