Report: Kan. Bar Shooting Suspect Asked Victims if Their ‘Status Was Legal’

People gather near a photograph of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, the 32-year-old Indian engineer killed at a bar in Olathe, Kan., during a peace vigil in Bellevue, Wash., on March 5, 2017. (Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

An Indian national who was wounded in a racially charged shooting in an Olathe, Kan., bar that resulted in the death of his friend told detectives that the shooter asked the pair if their “status was legal” before he started shooting, an affidavit released on Monday reveals.

According to CBS News, the FBI is currently looking into the shooting, which left Indian national Srinivas Kuchibhotla dead and Alok Madasani injured, as a hate crime. A third victim, Ian Grillot, was also shot and injured when he reportedly tried to intervene in 51-year-old suspect Adam Purinton’s rant.


According to CBS News, a detective noted in the affidavit that Grillot and another person had asked Purinton to leave Austin’s bar and grill that evening. The network notes that some of the affidavit has been redacted, but the document did specifically note that Madasani told detectives that Purinton asked whether the Indian men’s “status was legal.”


Both Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked as engineers for wearable-technology company Garmin in Olathe.

Purinton was reportedly escorted from the bar but returned some 30 minutes later with a handgun. Madasani said that he heard people around him saying, “He’s back and he has a gun!” before he was hit in the leg.


Witnesses also said that Purinton yelled, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire.


Surveillance cameras at the bar recorded both the initial confrontation and 30 minutes later, when Purinton allegedly returned to the bar and started shooting.

Purinton is currently being held in a Johnson County, Kan., jail with a $2 million bond on murder and attempted murder charges.


Read more at CBS News.

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