Murder suspect could be charged with hate crime
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 02, 2017,
Mar 02, 2017, 18:15
The shooting took place at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe in Kansas City in the USA state of Missouri.
Meanwhile, Mr Srinivas were brought Hyderabad last night and his last rites will be performed today.
Purinton is also accused of wounding American Ian Grillot, 24, who was shot as he tried to intervene. He yelled "Get out of my country" and "terrorist" before shooting them.
According to police, Purinton left the bar after the argument and then returned with a gun and shot the three men while patrons were watching the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television in the bar.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was in a bar with his friend after which a USA man came out with a heating argument and shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla on spot.
She said: "With threats and hate crimes on the rise, we shouldn't have to tell President Trump to do his part".
In a statement on Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed for the first time that it is investigating the shooting as a hate crime, basing its probe on "the initial investigative activity" involving the attack.
"He said (to Grillot), "Why are you standing up for them?' He emphasized 'them, ' as if 'them" was a derogatory term", Luby told CNN. Both men, both 32, were engineers at Garmin in Olathe. In face of "so much hate" and "not enough love", Grillot thought it was important to care for someone "apart from your race" because "we are all humans".
The third victim, who survived, is also Indian. However, the relatives of Kuchibhotla held the recent election of Trump as President as the reason for this incident.
"One thing that I really wanted to emphasize is, the main reason why I am here is that's what my best friend, Srinivas, would have done", Madasani said.
A White House spokesman said on Friday that any loss of life was tragic, but that it was absurd to link the killing to Trump's "America First" stance. The White House is reportedly keen on curtailing the H-1B work visa program that has enabled tens of thousands of Indian nationals like Kuchibhotla to work for American tech companies.
Purinton has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.
Assistant Clinton Police Chief Sonny Lynch said an Applebee's bartender summoned police to the bar where the man was drinking because he said he'd been involved in a shooting. She said her brother's actions were because of how they were raised.
Grillot recounted from a hospital bed that he tried counting how many shots the gunman fired.
People traveled from as far as India and Washington, D.C.to attend a prayer vigil for Kuchibhotla and the other victims in Olathe on Sunday.