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2 shot during Sikh parade at temple in Sacramento

A shooting shook up celebrants at a Sikh temple in Sacramento, California during a parade.

Two people are in critical condition, but KCRA reports both are expected to survive.

It happened Sunday at the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society Temple.

Authorities say one man shot another following an argument. A friend of the victim then retaliated, shooting the gunman, according to NBC.

The second shooter has been identified as 22-year-old Karman Singh Sandhu. He has been taken into custody and CBS reports he is expected to appear in court today.

Leaders at the temple say they feel demoralized that the shooting happened during Nagar Kirtan, a Sikh custom when celebrants join together for a day of singing religious hymns. They traditionally march through the streets as participants are said to find solace and peace, says Sikh News.

“We as members and everybody else in the community here are very saddened that this has taken place at our place of worship,” said one Gurdwara member to KXTV.

Deputies say all three involved in the incident appeared to know each other. They believe the altercation originated from a prior dispute.

“Everybody’s here just to come together and be as a group to fight against this and hopefully come out better with God’s grace,” said a temple leader.

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