On Wed. Feb 22, 2017 in a Austin Bar and Grill in Olathe, a city about 20 miles Southwest of Kansas City, one Indian-American man lost his life for no justifiable reason.
Two other men, Ian Grillot a bystander, and Alok Madasani, a friend of the deceased, were injured during the shootout, while attempting to aid the Indian-American man.
Adam Purinton, former member of the Navy, was charged with one count of first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murders, reported CNN News.
According to the New York Times, “Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, two immigrants from India, often enjoyed an after-work whiskey at the bar they had adopted as a hangout.”
The New York Times said, “He [Mr. Purinton] asked us what visa are we currently on and whether we are staying here illegally,” Mr. Madasani said. The Times also reported that both men were educated in the United States and were working here legally.
Kuchibhotla and Madasani, both were engineers who worked at Garmin, the tech company that makes GPS devices.
The Washington Post reported that, “According to the witness accounts, the gunman reportedly told two of the people who were shot — both Indian men who work for Garmin, the technology firm — to ‘get out of my country’ before opening fire and had also used racial slurs during the Wednesday evening shooting.”
“Purinton was arrested hours later at an Applebee’s restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, about 70 miles away from Olathe. In 911 calls released by CNN affiliate KSHB, an Applebee’s bartender told police that a man had admitted to shooting two ‘Iranian” people in Olathe and was looking for a place to hide’, reported CNN News.
Many wonder whether the crime would be considered a hate crime because of the comments the shooter made, and others on social media have called upon President Trump to take action.
Kuchibhotla’s widow said that she had been worried about violence against foreigners in the United States, but Kuchibhotla had told her not to worry, reported CNN News.
It seems that even though the immigration ban has been lifted, there are still repercussions of that order.
Hillary Clinton tweeted: With threats & hate crimes on rise, we shouldn’t have to tell @POTUS to do his part. He must step up & speak out.
Madasani’s father, Jaganmohan Reddy and Kuchibhotla’s wife are both worried and upset about the incident and urge other foreigners to return their homeland, according to the Washington Post.
While many mourn for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and Alok Madasani, hopefully the President can stop the xenophobia in this country and bring love and peace.