"Man charged in Kansas attack reportedly said he'd shot 'two Iranian people'"
"According to witnesses, Purinton yelled “get out of my country” at two 32-year-old Indian
men, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, before he opened fire at Austin’s Bar and
Grill in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe on Wednesday evening.
Kuchibhotla was killed and Madasani injured. The two had come to the US from India to
study, and they worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin. A third patron, Ian Grillot,
24, was wounded when he tried to intervene.
After the shooting, Purinton, who is white, drove 70 miles east to an Applebee’s
restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, where he spoke to the bartender. In the 911 call, the
bartender told the dispatcher a man had come into the bar and said he had done
something “really bad” and was on the run from the police.
“He asked if he could stay with me and my husband,” the bartender said, “and he
wouldn’t tell me what he did. I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I
agreed to let him stay with me. Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said, like, that he
shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe."