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AP Exclusive: Sikh priest critically injured last year in Wis. attack shows signs of awareness

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    In this March 2012 photo provided by his family, Punjab Singh poses at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock, N.J. Singh was critically injured in a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012 that left six people dead. The 65-year-old Sikh priest had remained largely unresponsive at a Wisconsin care facility until January 2013 when he began showing signs of cognitive improvement. (AP Photo/Family photo) (The Associated Press)

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    In this Jan 16, 2013 photo, Kulwant Kaur, wife of Punjab Singh, poses with her sons Raghuvinder Singh, left, and Jaspreet Singh in a conference room at the long-term care facility in Wisconsin where Punjab Singh is recovering. Punjab was critically injured in a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012, that left six people dead. Kulwant and her sons watched over the 65-year-old Sikh priest 24 hours a day at the facility where he remained largely unresponsive until January 2013, when he began showing signs of cognitive improvement. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde) (The Associated Press)

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    In this March 2012 photo provided by his family, Punjab Singh poses at a Sikh temple in Glen Rock, N.J. Singh was critically injured in a shooting rampage at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., in August 2012 that left six people dead. The 65-year-old Sikh priest had remained largely unresponsive at a Wisconsin care facility until January 2013 when he began showing signs of cognitive improvement. (AP Photo/Family photo) (The Associated Press)

A Sikh (seek) priest who suffered severe head injuries in last summer's shooting rampage in Wisconsin remains largely unresponsive, but has begun showing signs of awareness his doctor call remarkable.

Punjab Singh is in a long-term facility. He was shot in the head in August, in an attack at a Milwaukee-area Sikh temple that left six people dead and three others injured.

His prognosis was grim but he has been improving. He can move his eyes to track movement, he tries to mouth words and he seems genuinely aware of his surroundings. His family credits prayer, love and constant companionship.

Still, Singh's best-case scenario remains limited. He'll most likely never walk, and communication likely will consist of deliberate eye blinks, simple gestures and perhaps whispered words.

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