Gurdwara shooting: Obama condemns attack, says US enriched by Sikhs
US President Barack Obama has reviewed the security situation with his top national security aides following the tragic shooting in a Sikh gurudwara in Wisconsin and also called on gurudwara trustee to offer his condolences.
Obama convened a call with the FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Chief of Staff Jack Lew, and the Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan yesterday to receive an update on the tragic shooting in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, the White House has said.
Following the briefing, the Obama called Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi and trustee of the Gurudwara Charanjeet Singh to express his condolences for the lives lost and his concern for those who were injured.
"During the briefing, the President was informed that the situation at the Sikh Gurudwara was under control and that the lone gunman was killed by an Oak Creek police officer," the White House said, adding that Obama was also updated on the condition of some of the victims of the attack.
He also directed that the federal government should assist as appropriate in the investigation into the shooting.
"The President said that he wanted to make sure that as we denounce this senseless act of violence, we also underscore how much our country has been enriched by our Sikh Community, who are an integral part of our broader American family," the White House said.
Earlier in the day, saddened by the senseless shooting at a gurudwara in Wisconsin, Obama said Sikhs are part of the broader American family.
"Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the shooting that tragically took so many lives in Wisconsin," Obama said in a statement.
Obama was briefed by his top counterterrorism advisor, John Brennan, on the shooting. Obama is constantly being updated on the tragic incident that has shocked the entire nation.
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