Sikh temple member killed in robbery attempt on Milwaukee's north side

CREATED Aug 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 16, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - Police say 56-year-old Dalbir Singh was shot and killed Wednesday night at Harmony Food Store at 3821 W. Locust St.

Singh was a member of the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.  The Journal Sentinel reports that Dalbir Singh was not at the temple during the August 5 massacre. 

The newspaper also says that Dalbir's nephew Jatinder Singh was with Dalbir during the robbery attempt, and that Jatinder Singh was at the Oak Creek Sikh temple on the day of the shooting, but left before Wade Michael Page murdered six people.

Although police haven't released specifics from Dalbir Singh's murder Wednesday night, a member of the temple told TODAY'S TMJ4 that Singh was closing the store when someone tried to rob him.

People who live that area say crimes like this rarely happen here; they're shocked.
"For a dollar? C'mon man ain't nobody life worth no money," Ken Yarn who is a customer of the store, says.

Yarn lives just blocks from the convenience store.  He's trying to make sense of the violence that took the life of Singh.

"It's sad - its sad. People are falling off the face of the earth," Yarn says. 

Michael Blake is a customer and says the store has security.  "They are enclosed in a glass cage, fiberglass cage and you normally have a security guard," Blake says.
"There are signs posted saying no weapons are allowed inside the store; there's also an alarm system as well."
But, apparently it wasn't not enough to save Singh's life.
"It's not that hard in this world to get along. Everybody's goals should be just to get along in the world. Man!" Yarn says.

Police are investigating the shooting, anyone with information should call police.