In accordance with the proclamation from President Barack Obama, Gov. Dave Heineman said that all Nebraska flags will be flown at half-staff Friday as a sign of respect for the victims of the violence in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
An Army veteran who may have been a white supremacist shot people Sunday morning inside and outside the Sikh temple, authorities said Monday.
The gunman was Wade Michael Page, 40, the Cable New Network reported. He was dishonorably discharged and had a criminal record.
Oak Creek Police Chief John Edwards said the attacker shot a police officer, and another police officer with a rifle then shot the gunman.
Because of their customary beards and turbans, Sikh men are often confused with Muslims and have been the targets of hate crimes. India is the birthplace of Sikhism.
The Sikh religion originated in northern India around the year 1500 and has about 25 million followers, CNN reports.
The United States is home to about 700,000 Sikhs, nearly all of Indian origin. The men wear beards and turbans, a tradition for 500 years.
A 9 mm semiautomatic pistol believed to have been used by the gunman was found at the scene.
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Flags will be flown at half-staff until sunset, Aug. 10.