American who intervened in shooting that
killed Indian says was happy to risk life
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[February 27, 2017]
(Reuters) - A Kansas man wounded
when he intervened in a bar room shooting that killed an Indian engineer
and injured another said on Sunday he was glad he risked his life in an
incident U.S. authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Ian Grillot, 24, was struck in the hand and chest at the bar in Olathe,
Kansas, when suspect Adam Purinton opened fire on Wednesday evening. At
least one bystander told the Kansas City Star he shouted "get out of my
country" before shooting the Indian victims.
Purinton, a 51-year-old white Navy veteran, will make an initial
appearance in Johnson County District Court on Monday. He faces charges
of murder and attempted murder.
Grillot, a construction worker, said that he had to step in when the
shooting started in the bar crowded with fans watching a University of
Kansas basketball game.
"I was more than happy to risk my life to save the lives of others.
There was families, there was kids inside," he said in a video released
by the University of Kansas Health System, where he is recovering from
"I couldn't stand there, I had to do something. That's why I acted the
way I did."
The hospital said Grillot was continuing to improve. "I did get my chest
tube out and that feels much better, but it is hard to describe how sore
I feel," he said.
Purinton is accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and wounding
Alok Madasani, also 32 in the shooting in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb.
Both men were engineers with navigation device maker Garmin Ltd.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking at whether the shooting
was a hate crime, the official term for crimes motivated by bias or
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People march before a vigil for Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an Indian
engineer who was shot and killed, at a conference center in Olathe,
Kansas, U.S., February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Dave Kaup
The shooting triggered outrage on Indian social media, where people
voiced concern that U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First"
position on immigration and jobs has fueled a climate of
A White House spokesman said on Friday that any loss of life was
tragic, but it would be absurd to link the killing to Trump's
Local media reports said Purinton often complained about his ill
health and was mourning the death of his father.
An online GoFundMe campaign has raised almost $1.2 million for the
shooting's victims and families.
(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Michael Perry)
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