Man Charged in Fatal Bar Shooting, Alleged " Racial Overtones"

Two of the victims were in critical condition and one was seriously injured, Olathe Police Sgt. Logan Bonney said, according to Kansas City Star.

Olathe Police Chief Steve Menke declined to comment on the reports of racial comments, but said they were working with the FBI "to investigate any and all aspects of this horrific crime".

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died at an area hospital, police said.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani were engineers who worked at Garmin as members of the Aviation Systems Engineering team, the Star reported.

The two men were engineers at Garmin and studied in India, according to their social media profiles. It's unclear for now if Purinton will be charged with a federal hate crime.

"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".

A 23-year-old man who was at the bar and left shortly before the shooting told the newspaper it was filled with people watching the Kansas-TCU basketball game. Witnesses said Purinton used racial slurs and yelled, "get out of my country" before shooting into the crowded bar, killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani, before good samaritan Ian Grillot, who was also wounded, stopped the attack. "We're all proud of him".

Law enforcement authorities in Johnson County are investigating a shooting and a suspect is in custody. Witnesses said he stood up to the shooter and tried to stop him.

"We were just finishing our dinner and we heard the "pop pop pop" and all the sudden people were running", customer Lyla Hinsley said.

"I've been pretty closely following, since the election, the rise in white nationalism", Ford said Thursday. "I'm sure they'd love to get out of there and just relax for a while, like this guy" - that guy being President Trump on his golf course.

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas posted a statement on Facebook saying that he was very disturbed by the shooting.

Assistant Clinton Police Chief Sonny Lynch said that a bartender called police after the man talked about being involved in a shooting.

The bartender called the police who took Purinton into custody.

  • Larry Hoffman