RICHMOND HILL, N.Y. (PIX11)—Over half a dozen people have been charged in connection to a brawl that broke out Sunday at a Sikh temple in Queens, police said.
According to authorities, the suspects - armed with bats and small swords - ambushed prayer services in progress at Baba Makhan Shah Lubana Sikh Center in Richmond Hill and it was captured on a video that surfaced Monday.
In total, seven people were arrested and charged with assault and disrupting a religious service. Sunday's brawl is reportedly the fourth of its kind at the Sikh Center.
Temple officials say the fight was sparked by an ongoing dispute between a group of followers who are fighting to keep membership rolls closed at the place of worship.
Jarnail Singh, the temple's president, told the New York Daily News that the debate has made it all the way to Queens Supreme Court and hopes a judge could soon come to a decision to alleviate the continuing violence at the 101st Avenue temple.
"What the court decides I will believe," he told the News. "It's his decision."
Watch the video, obtained by the New York Post: