US: Indian shot dead in Kansas bar by a man shouting racial slurs

The accused has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million.

US: Indian shot dead in Kansas bar by a man shouting racial slurs

An engineer from Hyderabad was shot dead on Wednesday night after a man at a bar in Kansas in the United States opened fire at them, yelling, "get out of my country".

According to the media reports, accused Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Navy veteran, shot dead Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and injured Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot. Injured were taken to a hospital, where Alok is fighting for his life.

Purinton was reportedly drunk and continuously exclaimed racial slurs. When a bar staff told him to stop, he yelled "get out of my country" and opened fire. He reportedly referred to the duo as "Middle Eastern" while attacking them.


The Indian Embassy has swung into action and two senior officials of the Indian Consulate in Houston have been sent to Kansas to assist the victims' families. "Consul Ravindra Joshi and Vice Consul Harpal Singh rushed to Kansas to assist shooting victim. They are on their way and will reach by evening," the consulate said in a tweet.

The accused has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million. According to Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked in the company's aviation systems.

"We're saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night's (Wednesday night) incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counsellors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow," Garmin said in a statement.

A GoFundMe page has also been set up to help raise funds for sending Kuchibhotla's remains to India.
Kuchibhotla, originally from Hyderabad, was an aviation engineer at Olathe-based technology company Garmin. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University with a bachelor of technology degree in electrical and electronics engineering in 2005. He did his master's from the University of Texas El Paso.


The shooting incident comes at a time when hate crimes and acts of bigotry have risen notably during the recent months in America.