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Two Men Mistaken for Middle Eastern Shot, One Fatally, in Kansas Bar

Wednesday after work, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani went to Austins Bar and Grill to watch a college basketball game and have a drink. The engineers for Garmin reportedly visited regularly. This visit ended when Adam Purinton allegedly shot both men killing Kuchibhotla and injuring Madasani and Ian Grillot.

A bartender claims that Purinton used “racial slurs,” assuming they were Muslim, and another witness says he shouted “get out of my country” before shooting the men.

The men were born in India and had studied and worked in the United States for more than 10 years.

Madasani’s father, Madasani Jaganmohan Reddy, said in an interview that “[Purinton] picked up an argument with them and asked them why they were staying in the US illegally. They tried to tell him that they had done their MS (master’s degree) in Kansas in 2006 and had been staying there with valid work permits. When the American continued to shout at them, they complained to the restaurant manager who sent him out. But he returned within no time and started firing at them, resulting in the killing of Kuchibhotla.”

Grillot said he hid under a table until he heard nine shots. Then, assuming that the gun was empty, he said, “I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him. I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me.”

Purinton left the bar, and police set up roadblocks as they searched for him. He was found in an Applebees in Missouri where he reportedly told a bartender he needed a place to hide because he had killed two Middle Eastern men. He has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

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