Kansas man charged in shooting of two Indians in possible hate crime

Francis Osborne
February 26, 2017

After a shooting in an Olathe, Kansas bar on Wednesday left one man dead and two others injured, the FBI is investigating whether the attack was a hate crime.

A Kansas man is in custody after he allegedly shot two Indian men at a bar on Wednesday, killing one and injuring the other.

The government of India has expressed shock after a white American military veteran killed an Indian-born engineer and wounded one of his colleagues in the U.S. state of Kansas in what federal prosecutors say is a possible hate crime.

A 24-year-old American man who tried to intervene after he reportedly heard the gunman issue racist slurs was shot and hospitalized. Kuchibhotla was originally from India and worked as an engineer for the navigation system company, Garmin.

The shooter, 51-year-old Adam Purinton, was charged on Thursday with one count of premeditated murder and two counts of attempted premeditated murder.

Bartender Garret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star that Kuchibhotla and Madasani stopped at Austins for a drink once or twice a week. His parents, Madhusudhan Rao and Vardhini Rao, were too stunned by news of his death to comment, the Associated Press reported.

While condemning the attack on Indian-origin engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a Kansas City bar, the United States government has assured the Indian Embassy that they are conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.

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Dumala demanded answers from the government, wondering what "they're going to do to stop this hate crime". His fellow Indian friend Alok Madasani and an American were also hurt in the gun attack. A spokesman for India's Ministry of External Affairs told the Washington Post Kuchibhotla's family still resides in Hyderabad. Law enforcement agencies are now investigating whether the shooting was a hate crime as family and friends in both India and the United States remember Kuchibhotla's life and legacy.

Jaganmohan Reddy, Madasani's father, said he thought it was a hate crime.

Purinton was arrested in Clinton, Missouri, a few hours later. "The situation seems to be pretty bad after Trump took over as the US President". Believing the suspect's magazine was empty, he chased the gunman in hopes of subduing him. Reacting to teh news, ex-Indian Ambassador to U.S., N Chandra, told ANI, "Definitely hate crime".

Speaking to reporters on Friday at the Garmin headquarters, Ms Dumala said she had always been anxious by reports of shootings she read about in the newspapers.

"A relative of mine works at Garmin, so I might have even been at some of the same company events, such as Winter Fest previous year, since all Garmin employees were invited to the dinner".

Mr Madasani has now been released from hospital.

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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