Bar gun­man shouted ‘get out of my coun­try’ be­fore pulling trig­ger

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Wit­nesses said a man ac­cused of open­ing fire in a crowded bar yelled at two In­dian men to “get out of my coun­try” be­fore pulling the trig­ger in an at­tack that killed one of the men and wounded the other, as well as a third man who tried to help.

Hours later, the sus­pect re­port­edly told a bar­tender in an­other town that he needed a place to hide be­cause he had just killed two Mid­dle East­ern men.

In In­dia, the fa­ther of one of the wounded men called the at­tack a hate crime, but au­thor­i­ties on Fri­day de­clined to dis­cuss a mo­tive as they in­ves­ti­gated the shoot­ing, which stoked fears about the treat­ment of immigrants in the U.S.

Adam Pur­in­ton, 51, was charged with mur­der and at­tempted mur­der in the Wed­nes­day night shoot­ing in the Kansas City sub­urb of Olathe.

A bar­tender at Austins Bar and Grill said Pur­in­ton used ra­cial slurs be­fore fir­ing. He was taken into cus­tody about five hours later af­ter speak­ing with a bar­tender at an Ap­ple­bee’s some 70 miles away in Clin­ton, Mis­souri.

The Kansas City Star re­ported Pur­in­ton’s com­ments to the bar­tender. The pa­per did not cite its sources.

The men who were shot were iden­ti­fied as Srini­vas Kuchib­hotla, 32, who died at a hos­pi­tal, and 32-year-old Alok Madasani and 24-year-old Ian Gril­lot, who were hos­pi­tal­ized, po­lice said.

Madasani was re­leased from the hos­pi­tal Thurs­day.

The LinkedIn ac­counts for Kuchib­hotla and Madasani de­scribe them as en­gi­neers for GPS de­vice-maker Garmin, which has a large cus­tom­erser­vice cen­tre just a mile from the scene of the shoot­ing. The com­pany is one of the re­gion’s best-known em­ploy­ers.

The In­dian gov­ern­ment said its diplo­mats would mon­i­tor the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in Kansas.

FBI spokesman Brid­get Pat­ton said the agency had no new in­for­ma­tion to re­lease Fri­day. She said the FBI’s role is to work jointly with Olathe po­lice to de­ter­mine if a civil rights vi­o­la­tion oc­curred.

Bar­tender Gar­ret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star that Kuchib­hotla and Madasani stopped at Austins for a drink once or twice a week. At the time of the at­tack, pa­trons were watch­ing a col­lege bas­ket­ball game on tele­vi­sion.

“From what I un­der­stand, when he was throw­ing ra­cial slurs at the two gen­tle­men, Ian (Gril­lot) stood up for them,” Bohnen said. “We’re all proud of him.”

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