Oak Creek shooting

Man with ammo detained, let go after scare at Oak Creek Sikh Temple

CREATED Nov 1, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 2, 2012

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OAK CREEK - Members of the Oak Creek Sikh Temple and people in that Milwaukee suburb were on edge Friday after authorities detained, then let go a suspicious man hanging around the scene of the temple massacre.

There are eerie similarities to the horror that changed a community three months ago.

Sikh temple member Kanwardeep Kaleka is reacting to another frightening incident at his place of worship.  On Sunday, a 32-year-old man from Maryland walked into the temple.  In his possession: zip ties, duct tape, and writings about the movie theater mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

"It's just another reminder of 'hey, we need to be vigilant, we need to be aware,'" says Kanwardeep Kaleka.  "There are so many different thoughts that go through your mind as to what this person might be doing."

Oak Creek Mayor Steve Scaffidi says when police searched the man's car, they found ammunition and an empty handgun case.

"Apparently he had driven around the parking lot a few times, he had parked and sat in his car for a while, then he approached the temple with a backpack which obviously caused a lot of concern," says Mayor Scaffidi.

"It's not welcome here, I'm not going to put up with it, and I will tell anybody that wants to act like that to stay away."

The FBI interviewed the man and released him, unable to determine a specific threat.

"With the salon shooting, even with the hurricane you're just reminded of the simpler things in life and how we really need to appreciate what we have," says Kaleka.

There's an increased police presence around the temple after what happened.  The mayor says the city will do whatever they can.  Kanwardeep Kaleka says he's thankful.