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Victim says alleged shooter asked about visas

4 years 7 months 23 hours ago Saturday, February 25 2017 Feb 25, 2017 February 25, 2017 11:21 AM February 25, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
Adam Purinton

OLATHE, Kan. - One of two immigrants from India who were shot in a suburban Kansas City bar says the attacker was asking about their visa status shortly before the attack, which some have suggested was a hate crime.

Alok Madasani told The New York Times that while he and Srinivas Kuchibhotla were on the patio of the Olathe, Kansas, bar Wednesday evening, the man asked what type of visa they had and whether they were in the country illegally. They were not.

Madasani says he went to get a manager, but when he got back to the patio, the man was already being escorted out.

Authorities say the man, 51-year-old Adam Purinton, returned with a gun and shot Madasani, Kuchibhotla and third man who intervened, killing Kuchibhotla. Purinton was arrested hours later in Missouri and is jailed on murder and attempted murder charges.

Madasani was treated and released while the other victim, Ian Grillot, remains hospitalized.

This item has been corrected to reflect that Madasani and Kuchibhotla were in the country legally, not illegally.

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