While the small Sikh community in Colorado prays for the victims of Sunday's temple shooting in Milwaukee, members are in fear for their own safety.
At the only Sikh temple in Colorado, Colorado Singh Sabha, near Tower Rd. and E. 120th Ave in Commerce City, more than 200 followers come every Sunday to pray, but their peace was shattered as word spread about the attack.
We were just immediately on our phones trying to figure out what was going on, said Puneet Shahi, who heard the news after she arrived at the temple Sunday.
Since 9-11, Sikh followers said, they have often been mistaken as Muslim or Hindu and been the targets of hate crimes nationwide.
After the leaders at the Colorado temple learned of the latest shooting, they said that they decided to install security cameras, and they called local law enforcement.
"I did call 911 this morning, and I explained to them what happened," said Rajbir Singh Dhillon, the president of Colorado Singh Sabha. "Somebody called me from the sheriffs department, and they said they are on it."
The Sikh faith originated in India and is the fifth largest in the world, Dhillon said.
Harmann Bajwa said their temple is very active in the Commerce City Community. She came to temple Sunday to pray for the victims of the Aurora theater shooting, only to learn of a new tragedy that also hits close to home.
"Were very accepting. We let anyone in our temple. We shelter them. We give them food," said Bajwa. "Now, were worried that we cant even come to our temple. We're worried about our safety."
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