SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Two people are injured and one man is in custody after a shooting at a Sikh temple in Sacramento Sunday.
According to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a shooting call around 2:30 p.m. at Gurdwara Sahib on Bradshaw Road.
Upon arrival, deputies found two men with gunshot wounds. They were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive.
The sheriff’s office says three men were fighting when one of them pulled out a gun and shot another man. They say 21-year-old Karman Sandhu, also one of the three men, pulled out a gun and shot the other person involved in the fight.
Sandhu left the area and was later arrested.
The temple was holding a religious festival and parade celebrating Nagar Kirtan at the time of the shooting.
Sacramento City Councilmember Lisa Kaplan was there earlier in the day.
"I am disheartened to learn that since there has been a shooting & several individuals were wounded," Kaplan said in a statement posted to Twitter. "It breaks my heart that violence has destroyed a celebratory occasion. My prayers are w those wounded — may they have a full recovery. We must do more than pray & remove guns from our streets — so every celebration is that — all celebration w/o violence."
Elk Grove Mayor Bobbie Singh-Allen was also there at the time of the shooting. She sent ABC10 the following statement:
“Thank you everyone for your calls, texts, and messages. My family, friends and I are all fine. I am angry and disappointed that a couple of people disrupted our Sikh Parade with gun violence. Three hours after the parade commenced, shots were fired in the Bradshaw Sikh Temple. The parade was nearing the final leg of the procession when it was abruptly halted. The culprits have been apprehended. It is an ongoing investigation. After some delay, the parade returned on its final leg back to the Bradshaw Sikh Temple. I am sad for my Sikh community which peacefully celebrated with three days of festivities that culminated in today’s parade. We are a strong community that lives in Chardi Kala - Eternal Optimism. We are resilient. We will not let the bad acts of a few destroy a great event that brought together over 10,000 people from the region.”
City leaders and members of the temple condemned the violence at a Monday morning press conference. They said they don't want the shooting to taint the image of their temple or be a bad reflection of their comminity.
"We condemn their actions and we hope that they are punished to the fullest extent of the law," said Singh-Allen. "You have bad actors in every community. They don't speak for everyone. This is a safe place."
A temple spokesperson said they had private security watching and protecting the festivalgoers. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is going through hundreds of interviews and reviewing surveillance footage of the shooting.
Anyone with information can call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office at (916) 874-5115.
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