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>> The FBI, on Friday, looking into whether a fatal shooting that sparked international headlines can be prosecuted as a hate crime. Police on Thursday charging 51 year old Adam Purington with first degree murder, after he allegedly opened fire inside the Austin's Bar in a Kansas City suburb, killing an Indian software engineer and wounding two more people on Wednesday afternoon.
At least one bystander telling the Kansas City Star newspaper, the shooter shouted, get out of my country. Police said Purington killed 32 year old Srinivas Kuchibhotla who worked at the Kansas offices of Swiss firm, Garmin, maker of GPS navigators. The wounded, including another man from India, and an American citizen who tried to tackle the shooter.
The American, Ian Grillot, described the harrowing attack from his hospital bed.>> Initially I had gotten under the table when he first started firing. Thought I heard nine shots, expected the magazine to be empty. So I got up and proceeded to chase him down, tried to subdue him so that way the police could come in and do what they needed to do.
And I guess I miscounted, and with everything going on, and I got behind him, and he turned around and fired a round at me.>> Police say Purington fled the scene and was arrested five hours later at an Apple-bee's restaurant. The Kansas City Star reporting the shooter told the bartender that he needed a place to hide because he'd killed two Middle Eastern men.
The bartender called the cops. The story richocheting around the globe,Kuchibhotla's family gathering to mourn in Haderabad.>> And if you really look into this incident, this is not done by a teenager or a burglar or something like that, a drug addict.>> The website for the Hindustan Times speculating the victim, Kuchibhotla is possibly the first casualty of the religious, racial and ethnic divisiveness that has swept the US following the election of President Donald Trump.
The White House saying Friday, it's too early to determine the motive in the shooting, but that linking the attack to Trump's rhetoric would be, quote, absurd.