Suspicious man detained outside Oak Creek Sikh Temple
WTMJ News Team
Annie Scholz reportsPhoto: Video by tmj4.com
OAK CREEK- A man found at the Oak Creek Sikh Temple with ammunition and "strange" writings about the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado was detained over the weekend, Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi confirmed Thursday afternoon to TODAY'S TMJ4.
Mayor Scaffidi says on Sunday morning officers searched the man's backpack and found a large amount of zip ties, a roll of duct tape, "strange" writings about the July 20 mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater.
"I was stunned to hear that someone would do something like this," said Scaffidi to Newsradio 620 WTMJ in an interview Thursday afternoon. "It seems like an individual that either is very confused or selfish in his motives."
TODAY'S TMJ4 confirmed the man, a 32-year-old from Maryland, initially told the officer he drove to the temple wanting to pray with temple members after watching a story about the Sikh temple massacre, where six people were killed and four wounded by gunman Wade Michael Page.
The man later told police he was writing a book and wanted to talk to Sikh temple members.
"This is their (Sikhs) place of worship, they shouldn't be bothered," says Scaffidi.