32-year old Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed by an American man yelling “get out of my country” in Kansas City earlier today. Speaking to the Indian Express, the deceased’s uncle D Krishnamohan said the family was devastated after a US Navy veteran shot Kuchibhotla and his colleague Alok Madasani. “The family was happy that they were doing well in US. They (Kuchibhotla and his wife Sunayana Dumala) were planning to have a baby this year. And all of a sudden, this happened. The parents are shattered,” he told the Indian Express. The victim’s mother has been in and out of consciousness ever since she heard about the incident, he added.
Kuchibhotla was working at GPS-maker Garmin headquarters in Olathe, was killed. His colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured after a 51-year-old Navy veteran started shooting hurling racial slurs following an altercation on Wednesday night. A third person, an American man identified as Ian Grillot who tried to intervene also received injuries in the firing in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe.
The shooter, Adam Purinton, reportedly got into an argument with the victims in the terms of racism, and shouted “get out of my country”, “terrorist” before shooting them. The shooter reportedly provoked them into argument asking their presence and work in his country, and how they are better than him.
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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj expressed shock over the incident and said two Indian Embassy officials have been rushed to Kansas to render all possible assistance. “I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family,” she tweeted.