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Oak Creek mayor's book on Sikh Temple shooting nears completion

June 10, 2014

Oak Creek — After months of interviewing Sikh Temple members and government officials, Mayor Steve Scaffidi said he is about one month away from finishing his book on the Sikh Temple shooting in 2012, a first-person account he hopes to title "Six Minutes."

Six minutes is the amount of time it took for now-retired Officer Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek Police Department to arrive at the Sikh Temple and then for gunman, Wade Michael Page, to take his own life, after killing six temple members, Scaffidi said.

Even though national news outlets reported on the shooting, Scaffidi said "Six Minutes" tells untold stories from those involved — such as Jasbir Kaur Dulai, who stared down the gunman in the kitchen before dodging his bullet and running over shattered granite debris to hide in the pantry to save her life. That was the same moment Murphy showed up.

An excerpt from the book reads:

"From the moment of Brian's arrival to Page's final shot was a period of just over six minutes. Six minutes of life or death decisions by two officers, of split-second decision-making, and of outstanding police work. Those six minutes ended the incident on August 5, 2012, but the real impact of that day reaches far beyond those directly affected, to the families who were torn apart by violence and hate. It continues to reverberate in our city, and in our country..."

The shooting happened in the first three months of Scaffidi being elected mayor. He admits in an excerpt that he was "little prepared for any of the things that happened on or after August 5, 2012," let alone the story's reverberation to other communities and even Washington, D.C., where Scaffidi and others were invited to speak on the matter.

"It was essentially learning as I went," Scaffidi said. "I had great advice from other mayors and leaders that helped me.

"(Writing) has been very helpful. You can kind of make sense of a very senseless act."

Once Scaffidi secures a publisher, he hopes to donate proceeds from the book sale to Oak Creek Cares foundation.

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