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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has secured a $512,730 Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP) grant from the Office of Justice Programs’ Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) to assist the victims of the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek almost one year ago.


“As the one-year anniversary of the Sikh Temple tragedy approaches, we remember the victims.  Our thoughts are with the Oak Creek community and we commend them for their strength and resilience in the aftermath of this horrible crime,” Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said.  “The healing process continues long after any criminal investigation is closed, and this grant, in combination with the work of the many victim service providers, has allowed for the much needed -- and continued -- assistance to those affected by this act of violence.”


On August 5, 2012, a gunman walked into the Sikh temple in Oak Creek and began shooting as priests were gathering in the lobby, women were preparing a communal meal in the kitchen, and worshipers were arriving for services. Six people were killed and six others wounded, including Oak Creek Police Department Lt. Brian Murphy who was shot multiple times while aiding a victim. Those affected by the crime include the 24 other congregants hiding in the temple, victims’ family members, witnesses, first responders, and the larger Oak Creek community. 


The Wisconsin DOJ worked closely with Oak Creek officials and victim service providers immediately after the shooting and during the months that followed to track expenses and apply for the AEAP money.  DOJ will use the grant money to pay for the following costs related to the Sikh Temple attack:


  • Mental health and trauma services, including specialized services for children;
  • Overtime costs incurred by the Oak Creek Police Department to provide security at the hospital and the temple following the attack and at the funeral and other public events related to attack;
  • Costs incurred by the Oak Creek Police Department and the City of Oak Creek for a community forum on violence, a public vigil and an upcoming commemorative event;
  • Costs related to a security system installed at the Sikh Temple;
  • Reimbursement to the Crime Victims Compensation program for payments made to victims for expenses directly related to the crime, such as funeral costs and medical bills. 


The AEAP grant program was created in 1995 after the Oklahoma City bombing to assist jurisdictions in the aftermath of acts of terrorism or mass violence.  More information about the Wisconsin Department of Justice is available online at  Information on the AEAP program is available on OVC's Web site at


For an interview about the services provided as a result of this grant award, contact Dana Brueck at 608-266-1221.