A 51-year-old man has been charged with murder and attempted murder on Thursday by US prosecutors after he allegedly started shooting in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar. The incident killed an Indian and injured two others. The attack said to be racially motivated.
Repeatedly no authorities accepted that the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI to probe the case.
As per the reports, a bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, said that Adam Purinton used “racial slurs” before he began shooting on Wednesday night.
A man called Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died in hospital, police said. Alok Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, 24, were admitted and are in stable condition. As per the information available on Linked-in accounts for Kuchibhotla and Madasani, they were engineers working at GPS-maker Garmin and had studied in India.
When inquired if the presence of federal officials indication that the shooting could be seen a hate crime, FBI special agent Eric Jackson said it was too early to say. “This was a violent crime and we want the best prosecution that relates to this because there are victims of this crime and we want the community to know that … we’re looking to make sure that the individual involved in this is held accountable for his actions.”
As per the witnesses, Purinton yelled “get out of my country” before he opened fire.