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.
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.