Local Sikh Community Reacts to Wisconsin Shooting

August 5, 2012 Updated Aug 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Allen Leight

August 5, 2012 Updated Aug 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - About 100 area families attend the Sikh Temple on Main Street in Williamsville, and all of them were stunned to hear the news of the mass shooting at a similar temple in Oak Creek Wisconsin Sunday morning.

"I think the first sense is shock," said Kamaljot Singh, a member of the local congregation.

"We feel for our brothers and sisters in Oak Creek and the greater Wisconsin community," he added.

One of the five largest organized religions in the world, Sikhism has more than 700,000 members living and practicing in the United States.

Locally, members of the faith are hoping to build unity of the tragedy as the healing process begins for the Sikh community in Western New York and around the world.

"I think whenever there's senseless violence, whether it's in Milwaukee, Aurora Colorado or Columbine or any other place around the world, it's always a sense of grief when you lose life for no purpose at all," said Kamaljot.

The Williamsville temple will host a prayer meeting in honor of the victims Monday night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., located at 6569 Main Street in Williamsville.

People of all faiths are invited to attend.