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NYPD increases presence at Sikh temples in New York City area

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg meets with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens following the deadly shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin by an Army vet on Aug. 6, in New York City. The suspected gunman has been identified as 40-year-old Wade Michael Page, who allegedly killed six people at a temple in Wisconsin August 5, was shot to death by police. He was an army veteran and reportedly a former leader of a white supremacist heavy metal band. Three others were critically wounded in the attack.

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Members of New York's Sikh community listen as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hold a news conference after meeting with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens on Aug. 6, in New York City.

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A gunman opened fire Sunday morning at a Sikh temple outside of Milwaukee, killing six people and wounding at least three others, including a police officer, before being shot to death, authorities said.

Sikh communities through the United States have been shaken from the news of Sunday's deadly shooting at a Wisconsin temple. While the shooting took place over 800 miles from New York City, it is clear from the top photo (above) that tensions remain high. NBC New York reports:

"Since the incident happened yesterday, the NYPD came right over here and go over to all our other temples and we feel safe, we feel the confidence in our NYPD," said Gurdev Singh Kang, president of the Sikh Cultural Society in Richmond Hill, Queens. "I appeal to our whole Sikh community, be peaceful."

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly attended a prayer service inside the Richmond Hill temple Monday afternoon. They later spoke to the press, and Bloomberg decried what he called the "deafening silence" of the presidential candidates on the issue of gun control.

Bloomberg said the NYPD was taking precautionary steps  -- "some visible and some not" -- to keep the Sikh community safe.

"When we received information of the shootings yesterday we immediately dispatched additional resources to Sikh temples here in New York," Kelly said Monday. "I can assure you that we're going to continue to monitor this issue, we're going to keep our presence at these locations in place and we're going to make that determination on a daily basis."

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks outside of the Sikh Cultural Center in Richmond Hill Queens in New York on Aug 6. The Mayor's press conference is in response to a shooting the at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek Wisconsin on August 5,2012 that left seven people including the suspected shooter dead and three injured. Mohan Singh Khatra, chairman of the Sikh Cultural Center in Richmond Hills, lost his 70-year-old uncle in the attack.

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A member of New York's Sikh community listens as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly hold a news conference after meeting with area Sikh members at the Sikh Cultural Society in Queens on Aug. 6, in New York City.

Authorities have identified the alleged gunman in the deadly shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple as Wade Michael Page, an Army veteran who may have ties to white supremacist groups. NBCNews.com's Pete Williams reports.

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