A white US navy veteran accused of killing a man from India and wounding two other men when he opened fire at a Kansas bar, often complained about his ill health and was mourning his father’s death, according to a neighbour and local media reports.
Adam Purinton, 51, is charged with the premeditated murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, as well as the attempted murders of Kuchibhotla’s friend, Alok Madasani, 32, and American Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, a suburb of Kansas City.
Before opening fire, Purinton is accused of shouting “get out of my country,” a bystander told the Kansas City Star.
The attack, which is being investigated by federal agents as a possible hate crime, came as a surprise to residents living near Purinton’s longtime home at the end of a quiet Olathe cul de sac, about a mile from the murder scene.
“They’re shocked,” said Raymond Horspool, who lives a few houses away from Purinton, of his neighbourhood’s residents. Other neighbours told him the attack “seemed out of character.”
Purinton had lived in Olathe since 1998, records show. He was known by neighbours as a low-key fixture in the community, and as a regular of Austins who was generally friendly, said Horspool.
“He seemed nice,” another neighbour, Richard Morris, told Fox4KC. “It’s shocking to hear about what he’s accused…