Member of Turlock Sikh Temple Says On-Going Rift Between 2 Groups Led to Brawl

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TURLOCK –

There was chaos in Turlock Sikh Temple Sunday morning as a brawl broke out.

"We all are brother and sisters here,” Preet Singh, a member of the congregation said. “Come to the church. Come to the temple. We solve our problem here. But don't fight."

Singh was in the Temple when violence started among and between members of the congregation.

In a video of the brawl (seen below), police can be seen separating the crowd. One even has his gun drawn. Stanislaus and Merced County Sheriff's deputies were called in to help.

Police say this isn't the first time there's been a fight here.

In June of 2013, officers were called to a similar dust-up in the temple's parking lot.

Singh says there has long been a rift between two factions here, each with its own idea of how the temple should be run. She showed FOX40 a copy of a court order that appears to say a ruling on the leadership issue is currently under appeal — even as the dispute escalated into today's skirmish

Singh says there were minor injuries to two babies and at least five men, but, according to the police, no one was hospitalized and they couldn't confirm the ages or the exact number of people hurt.

Singh says today, on the last of a 10-day religious observance, one group came in looking to disrupt.

"In our culture we have respect. This side is guys. This side is ladies. That's our culture. We can't be mixed up and sit down like that,” Singh said. “So the opposite party, the ladies sit down in front, and the guys sit down in back."

As the video begins, the first pushing and shoving appears to be at the front of the hall. Singh says the group brought pepper spray and other weapons into the temple with them. Turlock police are working to confirm that.

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