Some witnesses say Kansas shooting was racially motivated

Police said all three men were given first aid and taken to hospital where one of them later died from his injuries.

Authorities are investigating whether a triple shooting at a Kansas bar, which resulted in one death, was a bias crime.

However, police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are yet to confirm whether it was a hate crime. Adam Purinton of Olathe was arrested in Missouri following a shooting at Austins Bar and Grill. "We are really at the preliminary stage at looking at every aspect", said Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the FBI's Kansas City Field Office, during the news conference.

The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m.as people watched the University of Kansas - TCU basketball game.

"From what I understand when he was throwing racial slurs at the two gentlemen (Kuchibhotla and Madasani), Ian (Grillot) stood up for them", Bohnen said. "We're all proud of him".

Grillot said in an interview from his hospital bed that when the shooting broke out, he hid until nine shots had been fired and he thought the suspect's gun magazine was empty.

A barman told local media a man used racial slurs before opening fire. Witnesses said Grillot had stepped in and tried to stop the shooter. I'm not that close to him, just know him as a neighbor and he seemed nice.

"I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia", Moran said.

Witnesses told the Kansas City Star and The Washington Post that Purinton was thought to have been kicked out the bar Wednesday night before the shooting took place.

"We're saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night'€™s incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved", the company said in a statement, according to the newspaper.

Purinton was arrested early Thursday at an Applebee's Restaurant in Clinton, Mo., after a bartender reported to police that a customer was saying he had been involved in a shooting.

An Olathe man the same age as the suspect was booked into the Henry County Jail in Missouri on Thursday on a preliminary charge of first-degree murder.

  • Leroy Wright