Indian-American engineer shot dead, two hurt in Kansas City in US
New York, February 24, 2017
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian-American engineer, was killed and his friend, Alok Madasani, suffered bullet injuries when an American man shot them in a Kansas City bar on Wednesday after telling them to "get out of my country".
The alleged shooter, Adam Purinton, 51, has been charged with murder and attempt to murder in what is being seen as a possibly racially motivated attack.
A third man, Ian Grillot, 24, also suffered bullet injuries when he intervened in the incident, which occurred around 7.15 pm at the Austins Bar & Grill, local media reports said.
While Kuchibhotla, 32, died in a local hospital later, Madasani, also 32, was discharged on Thursday. Grillot's condition was said to be improving.
Both Kuchibhotla and Madasani were part of the Aviation Systems Engineering team at Garmin Ltd., headquartered in Olathe.
“Unfortunately, two associates on our Aviation Systems Engineering team, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were shot. We are devastated to inform you that Srinivas passed away and Alok is currently recovering in the hospital,” Garmin said in an e-mail to its employees.
Kuchibhotla, who managed helicopter programs at Garmin, had a bachelor's degree from the Jawharlal Nehru Technological University in Hyderabad, India and a master's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from the University of Texas, El Paso in the United States.
GoFundMe pages have been set up by their friends for Kuchibhotla's family and Madasani.
The page on Kuchibhotla said: "Srini was the kindest person you would meet, full of love, care and compassion for everyone. He never uttered a word of hatred, a simple gossip, or a careless comment. He was brilliant, well mannered and simply an outstanding human being.
"His wife Sunayana and his family are now faced with incredible grief and a multitude of expenses.
"We've set up this fund to help them with the funeral expenses and other ongoing grief / recovery support costs. This includes the very expensive process of carrying his mortal remains back to India, so his parents can say goodbye one last time to their beloved son," it said.
By Friday, the contributions had crossed $ 259,000 against a goal of $ 150,000.
According to the reports, Purinton fled the scene and turned up five hours later at a bar in an Applebee's in Clinton, Mo. He told the bartender there that he needed a place to hide because he had "just killed two Middle Eastern men", they said.
The bartender called the police and Purinton was arrested, the reports said. Purinton is a Navy veteran, IT specialist, former pilot and air traffic controller.
In Delhi, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she was shocked by the incident and conveyed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
She said she had spoken to the Indian Ambassador to the US, Mr Navtej Sarna, who had informed her that two Indian Embassy officials had rushed to Kansas.
"We will provide all help and assistance to the bereaved family. I have spoken to the father and Mr.K.K.Shastri brother of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Hyderabad and conveyed my condolences to the family. I have assured all help and assistance to the family.
"We will make all arrangements to transport the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Hyderabad," she added.