Kansas man charged in shooting of two Indians in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged in shooting of two Indians in possible hate crime

Kansas man charged in shooting of two Indians in possible hate crime

Federal officials are also assisting with the investigation into the shooting, which the Council of American-Islamic Relations called a hate crime.

Prosecutors have charged Purinton, a Navy veteran, with first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree attempted murder.

The gunman shouted "get out of my country" before opening fire, according to at least one witness who spoke to the Kansas City Star.

Kuchibhotla, 32, died after being taken to a hospital; Madasani, 32, is recovering from the attack, as is the other victim, Ian Grillot, 24. He shot and wounded another white man who tried to intervene.

"I couldn't say anything slightly bad about Srinivas", Rod Larson, a former Rockwell Collins manager of Kuchibhotla's told the Kansas City Star.

The incident evoked outrage from in the U.S. and India with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressing shock over the incident.

Pratik Mathur, spokesman for the Indian embassy in Washington, said India had expressed "our deep concern over the incident" to the USA government and requested a "thorough and speedy investigation".

This undated photo provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Office in Clinton, Mo., shows Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., who was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in connection with a shooting at a bar in Olathe that left one person dead and and wounding two others.

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Purinton turned around and fired a shot at Grillot which went through his hand and chest.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani were from India.

"I need an answer from the government", she said.

Mr Kuchibhotla had earned a master's degree in electronics from the University of Texas in 2007 and was working at the Kansas office of Global Positioning System specialist Garmin.

He was charged with murder and attempted murder, but authorities have not yet decided whether to charge him with a hate crime.

Another Indian engineer Alok Madasani, 32 was injured in the incident and has been released from hospital on Thursday. He told Mic in an email that he believes the shooting was a result of President Donald Trump's controversial rhetoric and discriminatory policies, such as the travel ban. Reacting to teh news, ex-Indian Ambassador to United States, N Chandra, told ANI, "Definitely hate crime".

The FBI reported an uptick in hate crimes in the United States past year during the 2016 USA presidential election race. "I was always concerned, 'Are we doing the right thing staying in the USA or America?' But he always assured me good things happen in America".

Purinton, who is being held on $2 million bond, was moved Friday from Missouri to Kansas. As of Friday morning, Ford had raised almost $45,000 of his $50,000 target, which he said would go to cover medical and funeral expenses for the victims.

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