Advancing Justice Mourns Killing of South Asian Immigrant

On Feb. 22, two Indian American immigrants were targeted and shot in a bar in Olathe, Kan., and one of them was killed. A third man was shot trying to stop the shooter.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani

The shooter, Adam Purinton, reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country” and thought his victims were “Middle Eastern.” A bartender at Austin’s Bar and Grill said that Purinton used racial slurs before he started shooting.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, both 32, were shot in the attack. Kuchibhotla died at a local hospital. Madasani is in stable condition and is expected to recover.

Purinton was charged with first-degree murder on Feb. 23. Bond was set at $2 million. The third victim, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, who was shot as he intervened, was hospitalized.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an affiliation of five civil rights organizations, issued the following statement:

“Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) extends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died after sustaining a gunshot wound, and our wishes for a full recovery to Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, who were also shot in the attack.