Kansas shooting: If charges proved, Purinton may be jailed for 50 years

A man accused of killing an Indian immigrant and wounding another, along with a man who tried to intervene, in a Kansas bar Wednesday was due in court today as the FBI investigates whether he should be charged with a hate crime.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Reddy Madasani, 32, wounded in the attack.

In a 911 call made during the hunt for 51-year-old Adam Purinton, a bartender at a Missouri Applebee's reported that a man confessed to a crime that occurred miles away in Kansas.

Kuchibhotla and Madasanim went to the United States to study and worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin.

Purinton is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Madasani and Grillot. She said the FBI's role is to work jointly with Olathe police to determine if a civil rights violation occurred.

"I mean, obviously, any loss of life is tragic", Spicer said. A bartender told police he claimed to have "just killed two Middle Eastern men".

Alok Madasani, victim of the Austins Bar shooting, listens as Maggie Grillot, sister to shooting victim Ian Grillot, addresses a prayer vigil on February 26, 2017, at the Ball Conference Center in Olathe, Kansas. She said during a news conference last week that she may return to the US, to her home in Olathe. Purinton's first court appearance was on Monday, and he was represented by a public defender.

Madasani, 32, addressed a crowd of hundreds during a vigil on Sunday night at the Ball Conference Centre in Olathe, Kansas. A third person, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, a white American man, was injured in the tussle to prevent Purinton causing any further harm to anyone in the bar.

The shooting last week sparked unease in Kansas and across the globe, after witnesses said that the accused gunman had told the two men to "get out of my country" before opening fire.

"The main reason why I am here is that's what my best friend, Srinivas, would have done..."

"I want to know why this idiot did what he did", Kansal told The Huffington Post, adding that the shooting is "giving this town a bad name all over the world".

The White House also condemned the alleged hate crimes against the Jewish community in the US.

  • Carolyn Briggs