In an unfortunate event, on Thursday morning, a 32-year-old Indian techie Srinivas Kunchubhotla who was working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe was killed while his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured, after a man opened fire on them in an act of hatred. The accused, Adam Purinton, 51, who is a former navy officer was reported yelling “get out of my country” before shooting the two Indians. While Alok Madasani was taken to the hospital, another man, named Ian Grillot, who came to their rescue also got injured in the incident and had to be hospitalised. The Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke told media that ‘it was a tragic and senseless act of violence’ and the Union Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj also condemned the act. Twitterati didn’t hold themselves back from blasting this shameful act and everyone from Hollywood star Kal Penn to Chandra Babu Naidu, posted on Twitter about it.
Here are some Twitter reactions on the Kansas shooting:
I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) February 24, 2017
Our president & his hateful party target immigrants, Jews, Muslims, & LGBTQ fam. Let’s have each other’s backs. https://t.co/ntW9l2K82n
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) February 24, 2017
Saddened to learn about the death of Srinivas Kuchibotla and injuries to Alok Madasani after a shooting incident in Kansas.
— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) February 24, 2017
— Paul C Oommen (@Paul_Oommen) February 24, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Really ? Protecting the borders ? How about internal ? Shooting incident in Kansas today, Srinivas killed. Sad news 🙁
— ★ जय हिंद ★ (@NitinBabar13) February 24, 2017
@Trevornoah need ur help covering a shooting in Olathe, Kansas. White male open fired in a bar. We are from India, targets of hate crime.
— busyStorm (@peakGravitation) February 23, 2017
The accused has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and his bond has been set at USD 2 million. According to Garmin, Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked in the company’s aviation systems. “We’re saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night’s (Wednesday night) incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counsellors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow,” Garmin said in a statement. The alleged hate crime has sent shocked waves among Indian-American and the Indian community across the United States.