Kansas bar shooting suspect charged with federal hate crimes

Purinton was also charged with a federal firearms violation in the February 22 incident at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb.

Kuchibhotla, 32, died at a hospital shortly afterward.

A third count in the indictment charges Purinton with violating a federal firearms statute by discharging a firearm at Kuchibhotla, Mr. Madasani, and Mr. Grillot, during the violence.

The shooting raised fears of more attacks on immigrants following President Trump's election and his push for a ban on immigrants from some countries.

In an indictment filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, Purinton is charged with two hate crimes - killing Kuchibhotla and attempting to kill Madasani.

Purinton could face a maximum penalty of death or life in prison, the release noted.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani had come to the USA from India to study and worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin. He also allegedly "knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene".

Michael Copeland, mayor of Olathe, said in a statement that the hate crime charge was appropriate.

Later in the day, an employee at a restaurant in Clinton, Missouri told police that Purinton told him he had shot "two Iranian men". Neighbors in the quiet Olathe cul-de-sac where he lived told The Associated Press that Purinton had become "a drunken mess" after his father's death about two years ago and had physically and mentally deteriorated before the shooting.

Purinton, a U.S. Navy veteran, is now being held in the Johnson County jail on a $2 million cash bond on murder and attempted murder charges. "It failed miserably", Copeland said. Adam W. Purinton has been arrested and charged in the shooting, which being investigated as a hate crime. "This city will continue standing as One Olathe with Srinivas' family and friends and all of those who have suffered, and no act of hate will ever change that".

  • Leroy Wright