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Authorities remove suspicious visitor from Oak Creek Sikh temple


OAK CREEK, WI (WTAQ) - The Sikh Temple in Oak Creek still lets anyone attend a service and share a meal with worshippers on Sundays.

But they’re more vigilant about checking out strangers, in the wake of the mass shootings at the temple almost three months ago.

Last Sunday, members called police about a person they thought was suspicious. And officers said he had gun ammunition, zip ties and duct tape, and strange writings about the July murders at a movie theater in Aurora Colorado. He also had $4,000 after selling two guns.

The man was from Maryland, and he walked into the temple with a backpack. He told police he wanted to pray with Sikh Temple members, and he wanted to talk to some of them about a book he was planning to write.

He was drinking tea with them before the officers arrived. Police released the man after deciding he was not a threat.

The FBI was called in, and the man gave up his ammunition.