A worker at the bar in Olathe told the Kansas City Star that when the suspected gunman, Adam Purinton, began harassing the two Indian men, Ian Grillot "stood up for them".
A man accused of shooting two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
The Indian embassy in Washington said it is closely monitoring the tragic shooting incident in Kansas and providing all help and assistance to the family of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in an apparent hate crime. Alok Madasani, 32, and Ian Grillot, 24, were hospitalized and are in stable condition, they said.
The incident occurred at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kan., where two of the victims, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, work for Garmin, which has its US headquarters in the town. Another Indian and an American who tried to intervene were injured in the incident.
Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Olathe resident, has been arrested in connection with shooting two men in Olathe, Kansas..
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She gave her news conference from a Kansas technology company where her husband and Madasani had worked.
Although she spoke with some difficulty, she made clear to reporters that Purinton didn't know the first thing about her husband.
"We've read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening", she said.
"What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?". One of the Garmin employees, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, later died in a local hospital.
Kuchibhotla came to the United States from Hyderabad, India, more than a decade ago to become an American engineer.
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Reddy said he learned about the shooting from his eldest son, who lives in Dallas.
"It wasn't right, and I didn't want the gentleman to potentially go after somebody else", the 24-year-old said. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation has yet to classify the shooting as a hate crime.
Kuchibhotla's family reacted today and said that, "Sushma Swaraj, local BJP team and Telangana government has been very supportive". Purinton is now in custody in Missouri, and the extradition process to Kansas could take anywhere between a couple of days or weeks. Expected his magazine to be empty. "The situation seems to be pretty bad after Trump took over as the USA president", he told the Hindustan Times.
Indians expressed "our deep concern over the incident" to the U.S. government and requested a "thorough and speedy investigation", Pratik Mathur, spokesman for the Indian embassy in Washington, said.
"A relative of mine works at Garmin, so I might have even been at some of the same company events, such as Winter Fest past year, since all Garmin employees were invited to the dinner".
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