“GET OUT OF MY COUNTRY”: KANSAS MAN SHOOTS TWO INDIAN-AMERICANS

An Olathe man who reportedly told two strangers — Garmin engineers originally from India — to “get out of my country” before he shot them in an Olathe bar was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of one of the victims.

Adam W. Purinton, 51, allegedly shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32; Alok Madasani, 32, of Overland Park, and another bar patron, 24-year-old Ian Grillot of Grandview.

Kuchibhotla died at a hospital after the 7:15 p.m. shooting in Austins Bar & Grill near 151st Street and Mur-Len Road.

Purinton also is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Madasani and Grillot. Witnesses said Grillot was shot after he intervened.

Madasani was released Thursday from a hospital, where Grillot is improving. The two even talked with each other Thursday.

In a video released by the University of Kansas Health System, Grillot spoke about how he jumped at the shooter.

“It wasn’t right, and I didn’t want the gentleman to potentially go after somebody else,” Grillot said.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced the charges against Purinton during a press conference at Olathe police headquarters.

He was joined by federal law enforcement officials who said that they are investigating in conjunction with Olathe police to determine if the shooting was a bias-motivated hate crime in violation of the victims’ civil rights.

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