Relatives of Sikh Temple Shooting Suspect Arrested

11:03 AM, Sep 6, 2008   |    comments
Amandeep Singh Dhami
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SACRAMENTO, COUNTY, CA - Four relatives of a second suspect in a fatal shooting at a Sacramento Sikh temple last Sunday have been arrested. 

Sgt. Tim Curran with the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department said the four are suspected of helping Amandeep Singh Dhami, 24, leave the country to avoid capture.

Sheriff's detectives believe Dhami is one of two men responsible for shooting two men as they watched games at the Sacramento Sikh Society Temple on the 7600 block of Bradshaw Road.

Paramedics pronounced one of the men shot, Parmjit Pamma Singh, 26, dead at the scene. The second victim, a 38-year-old man, remains hospitalized  in serious condition. 

Detectives believe the shooting erupted from an ongoing dispute between Dhami's and Singh's families. Investigators say the second man shot appeared to be an innocent bystander.

Witnesses beat and captured one of the alleged gunmen, Gurpreet Singh Gosal, 23, and held him until officers took him into custody, said Curran. Gosal was treated for his injuries and arrested.

Dhami fled the scene in a vehicle. Sheriff's investigators believe his family knew of his alleged role in the shooting and helped him leave the area, Curran said. 

Arrested on suspicion of accessory to murder were Dhami's sister-in-law Rajvir Kaur, 27; cousin-in-law Harpreet Kaur, 28; Buhpinder Chahal, 29, cousin; and father Balbir Dhami, 50.

Dhami is East Indian, 5 feet - 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Detectives said Dhami is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone who has information on Dhami's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the sheriff's department at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers do not have to give their name and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.


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