Prosecutors on Thursday charged a 51-year-old man with murder for a shooting at a Kansas bar Wednesday night that left an Indian engineer dead and injured two other men.
The federal government has launched an investigation to determine if the shooting was a hate crime, officials said during a press conference on Thursday.
Adam W. Purinton allegedly opened fire at Austins Bar and Grill as patrons watched a televised basketball game in Olathe, Kansas, on Wednesday night, the Associated Press reported. A bartender told the AP that the man used “racial slurs” before the shooting occurred, and witnesses told the Kansas City Star that he yelled “get out of my country” at the other men.
Officers responded to reports of gunfire at the bar and found three victims with gunshot wounds. Emergency responders rushed them to an area hospital, where one of the victims was pronounced dead.
Olathe police identified the deceased victim as 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla. The two other injured victims, identified as Alok R. Madasani, 32, and Ian P. Grillot, 24, were recovering at a hospital in stable condition by Thursday afternoon.
The FBI is working with the Olathe Police Department to determine whether the shooting was bias-motivated and the victims’ civil rights were violated, FBI special agent in charge Eric Jackson said during Thursday’s press conference.