OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been charged with murder in what some witnesses described as a racially motivated shooting at a crowded suburban Kansas City bar that left one Indian man dead and two other men hospitalized.
Local police are working with the FBI to investigate the shooting Wednesday night in Olathe, Kansas, but have declined to describe the attack as a hate crime.
A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill said Adam Purinton used “racial slurs” before he opened fire as patrons watched the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died at a hospital, while 32-year-old Alok Madasani and 24-year-old Ian Grillot were hospitalized, police said. Madasani was released from the hospital Thursday.
Purinton, 51, was taken into custody about five hours later after he told a bartender at an Applebee’s some 70 miles away in Clinton, Missouri, that he had been involved in a shooting. He has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
A spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry, Vikas Swarup, said Kuchibhotla was from the southern state of Telangana. Sushma Swaraj, India’s External Affairs Minister, said Kuchibhotla’s body would be transported to the city of Hyderabad, where his family lives.
The LinkedIn accounts for Kuchibhotla and Madasani describe them as engineers for GPS device-maker Garmin, which has a customer service center in Olathe.
India’s government said its diplomats would monitor progress in the investigation in Kansas.