Indian Shot Dead in US, Attacker Shot him Over Racism Issue

February 24, 2017 Author: Abhi Velani

A 32 year old engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed at a bar in Kansas, when a man fired at him and his friend. The attacker, a 51-year-old Navy veteran, allegedly yelled "get out of my country" before opening fire.

Srinivas and his friend Alok Madasani was rushed to a local hospital, where Srinivas died of his injuries. The latter who is stable now, has been discharged from hospital.

The incident took place at 7:15 pm local time in Olathe. The duo was catching up over a drink after work at the neighbourhood bar, Austins Bar and Grill, when the shooter, Adam Purinton, started shouting racial comments. He reportedly also called them "Middle eastern" and then yelled "get out of my country" before firing multiple rounds.

Several witnesses to the shooting said it appeared to be a "racially motivated attack."

Purinton was caught in Missouri over five hours later, where he told a staffer at a local bar that he had shot two middle-eastern men. The bartender called the police who have charged Purinton with premeditated first-degree murder and premeditated attempted murder.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla's worked at Garmin International, an American multinational that makes GPS systems, in Kansas. He joined the company in 2014. His wife, Sunayana Dumala, works in a technology company in the area.

The Indian Embassy has sent two officials of the Indian Consulate in Houston to Kansas to help the victims' families.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to collect money to fly Mr Kuchibhotla's body to India. The page has crossed its $150,000 goal, raising nearly $200,000 in eight hours.