Kansas shooting: Gunman thought he'd shot 'two Iranians'
A witness of the shooting Jeremy Luby told CNN that the incident began after a man became agitated with Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, at Austins Bar & Grill. Ian Grillot, a regular at the bar, approached the man and asked him to leave. Photograph: (Reuters)
In the high-profile case that is being investigated as a possible hate crime, it has been revealed that the man accused of shooting two technology workers from India and another man at a bar in Kansas last week, had opened fire thinking they were Iranian nationals.
Adam Purinton, 51, faces one charge of first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder in last Wednesday's shooting in Olathe that killed one person and injured two others.
CNN affiliate KSHB released 911 calls in which an Applebee's bartender told the police that a man had admitted to shooting two "Iranian" people in Olathe and was looking for a place to hide. Purinton was arrested hours later at an Applebee's restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, about 70 miles away from Olathe.
A witness of the shooting Jeremy Luby told CNN that the incident began after a man became agitated with Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, at Austins Bar & Grill.Ian Grillot, a regular at the bar, approached the man and asked him to leave.
"He said (to Grillot), 'Why are you standing up for them?' He emphasised 'them,' as if 'them' was a derogatory term," Luby told CNN. The suspect left the bar and drove away, according to Grillot.
He allegedly returned later and allegedly opened fire in the bar.