Shortly after the shooting at the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara on August 5, the photo above of a man who was at the scene after the shooting was circulated by law enforcement as a “person of interest”:
The tall, muscular man, with a tattoo on his biceps and wearing a pair of dark shades seemed out of place — even suspicious — to some, as he briefly watched and even videotaped the aftermath of the shooting, which left six dead. At a press conference the next morning, police distributed a photo another bystander took of the mystery man. They described him as a person of interest they were trying to locate and interview.
Nearly three weeks after the shooting, Eric still wonders what strangers are thinking when their gazes linger a moment too long. But he hopes with time, the notoriety he never asked for will die down.
It’s an interesting irony that he echoes the hopes of many such innocent people, such as Sikhs, who have been stigmatized by the actions of extremists as well.