Kansas bar shooting hero honoured by Indian-American community

India?s ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna handed over a cheque of $100,000 raised by the Indian-American community to Ian Grillot. (Image credit: ANI twitter) Photograph:( Others )

WION Houston, TX, United States Mar 26, 2017, 10.54 AM (IST)

Ian Grillot, the 24-year-old American, who was hit by a bullet when he tried to intervene in the Kansas bar shooting incident in which Srinivas Kuchibothla was killed, was honoured by the Indian-American community at the 14th annual gala of India House Houston.

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The community raised $100,000 to help him buy a house in his hometown in Kansas.

“On behalf of the Indian-American community in Houston, India House recognised this selfless act beyond the call of duty and has extended the community’s gratitude to Ian Grillot by helping him to buy a house,” said a statement posted on the India House Houston Facebook page.

The money was raised as part of an initiative supported by the Consul General of India Dr Anupam Rayn.

The cheque was handed over to Ian by India's ambassador to the United States, Navtej Sarna.

“I don’t know if I could have lived with myself if I wouldn not have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would have been completely devastating. I do now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not? I am honored to be at India House that serves so many families from so many communities in the Houston area,” Ian said.

India House is a community center built by Americans of Indian origin in the Greater Houston area.

“It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero -- a person who risks his life for another, and takes a bullet for a complete stranger. Ian Grillot is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness,” said Jiten Agarwal, a prominent Houstonian and Chair of the annual gala.

(WION with inputs from PTI)