Two Indian nationals were shot at in a bar in Kansas, USA. One of them, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, died and his friend, Alok Madasani, was injured. The shooter calling them ‘Middle Eastern’ yelled, “get out of my country” before shooting at them. As per the reports, there was not any provocation or any war of words from either side preceding this unfortunate incident.
Ian Grillot, an onlooker, who tried to intervene and save the victims was also shot at and is currently ongoing medical treatment in a hospital. He is hailed as the hero by the people in the US.
The attacker, Adam Purinton, is a 51-year-old navy veteran. He managed to escape the scene but was apprehended in Missouri five hours later.
The shooter, a navy veteran with inactive pilot license and air traffic controller certificate, told a bartender in Clinton, Missouri, where he was hiding after the shooting that he killed two Middle Eastern persons, local media reported.
He has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million. According to Kansas City Star, the shooter worked as an air traffic controller in Olathe. He also worked at the Federal Aviation Administration, but left FAA in 2000.
Sushma Swaraj expressed her shock on Twitter and promised all the assistance in bringing the body home in India. The US embassy in New Delhi also condemned the attack.”US authorities will investigate thoroughly and prosecute the case, though we recognise that justice is small consolation to families in grief,” the statement said.
This is the first incident of racial attack on an Indian national in the US after Donald Trump became the president. The fears of bigotry that had gripped many foreign settlers in the US for the past few days regarding their future in the hands of Donald Trump is now becoming a reality.
Racial attacks on foreign settlers have been on the rise ever since Donald Trump got into power. The Southern Poverty Law Center reported 867 cases of hate crimes after November 8th. President’s policies on immigration, for example, have created xenophobia among people, believe critics.
The deceased hailing from Hyderabad worked at an American multinational which makes GPS systems in Kansas. After graduating from JNTU in Hyderabad in 2005, he moved to the US where he completed his Masters in electrical engineering.