Wisconsin Shootings Spark Reaction in WNY

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

August 6, 2012 Updated Aug 6, 2012 at 1:45 PM EDT


BUFFALO N.Y. (WKBW) The tragic shootings that killed several Sikh worshipers in Wisconsin, is generation a strong response in Western New York.

Federal officials are still trying to determine if the killings were a hate crime or a case of domestic terrorism.

About 100 local Sikh families attend three area Sikh temples.

Members of the religion tell Eyewitness News that they are often looked at suspiciously because Sikh men wear beards and turbans - a situation that became worse after the 9-11 terrorists attacks.

Sikhism has no connection to Islam or Hinduism.

Sikh's believe in one God and that everyone is created equal regardless of caste, color, creed, or sex.

At the Niagara Falls Sikh Temple, two days of prayer have been requested for the victims of the shooting.

The Williamsville Sikh Temple on Main Street will hold a prayer vigil and community meal starting at 6pm. People of all faiths are welcome to attend.