A 32-year-old Indian was shot dead in Kansas, U.S. on Wednesday night. An engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla from Hyderabad was killed when a man fired at him and his friend, also an Indian from Warangal at a bar in Kansas. The 51-year old attacker, Navy veteran yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire.

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Mr. Kuchibhotla was died at the spot. His friend, Alok Madasani, 32 also an engineer was admitted to the hospital and has been discharged. Another man, 24-year-old, Ian Grillot, who stepped in to try and stop the shooter was also shot but expected to survive.

The incident took place at 7:15 pm local time in Olathe, the fourth largest town in Kansas. Mr Kuchibhotla and Mr Madasani were catching up a drink after the work at neighbourhood bar, Austins Bar and Grill, when the shooter started yelling racist comments. He reportedly called them “Middle Eastern” and yelled “get out of my country” before firing multiple rounds.

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Purinton fled the spot and was caught in Missouri after five hours where he told a staffer of a local bar that he shot two middle-eastern men. The staffer called the police who have charged Purinton with premeditated first-degree murder and premeditated attempted murder.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla worked at Garmin International that makes GPS systems in Kansas. His wife, Sunayana Dumala, works in a technology company in the area.

“We’re saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night’s (Wednesday night) incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counsellors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow,” Garmin said in a statement.

The Indian Embassy has sent two officials of the Indian Consulate to Kansas to help the victim’s families.

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted “I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family.”

She further tweeted that she has assured all help and assistance to the family.

A GoFundMe page has been set to fund money to fly Mr Kuchibhotla’s body to India. The page has raised nearly $200,000 in eight hours. Foreign Minister tweeted assuring that they will also make arrangements to transport the mortal remains of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Hyderbad.

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