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Vigil Monday Evening For Sikhs Killed In Shooting

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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Members of New York's Sikh community listen as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hold a news conference after meeting with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens following the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 06: Members of New York’s Sikh community listen as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hold a news conference after meeting with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens following the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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MADISON HEIGHTS (WWJ) – A prayer vigil for the victims of a fatal shooting at a temple in suburban Milwaukee will be held Monday night outside the Sikh Society of Michigan.

Inder Singh, with the Madison Heights-based group, said he’s surprised Sikhs were targeted in the shooting.

“They are peace-loving and tax-paying … the common citizen. They don’t go and start a fight or anything like that.  They are very, very peace-loving,” Singh said.

Singh said he thinks the shooter,  a U.S.  Army vet with a 9-11 tattoo who once fronted a white supremacist band, may have targeted Sikhs because they wear turbans.

The vigil was set for 7 p.m. Monday at Sikh Society Of Michigan, 990 E Lincoln Ave.,  Madison Heights. (Get more information about the organization at this link.)

The suspect in a shooting that left six people dead at a Sikh temple on Sunday, and who himself was killed by police, has been identified as Wade Michael Page, who served in the Army for about six years. Wade was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers after the rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help.

Local police called the attack an act of domestic terrorism, but other sources tell CBS News correspondent Bob Orr it may be more accurate to refer to “an investigation into a possible hate crime.”

Neither local nor federal sources provided further details or suggested a possible motive, including whether the suspect specifically targeted the Sikh temple.

Get the latest on this story from CBS News at this link.

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