If this isn’t an example of homegrown terrorism, what is?
A white man reportedly walked into a bar in Olathe, Kansas, and in a racially motivated attack, killed one man and injured two others.
Adam Purinton, 51, walked into Austins Bar and Grille and as per witnesses started hurling racial slurs at two Indian men whom he believed to be of Middle Eastern descent.
One witness said he told the men to “get out of my country,” according to the Kansas City Star report. The management “stood up to him” and he went out, but soon returned with a gun and opened fire on the two men.
Multiple people here saying man was saying racial words inside Austins. Was asked to leave. Came back in w/gun pic.twitter.com/xqNOwTu28k— Tom Dempsey (@KCTomDempsey) February 23, 2017
When another man tried to stop him, Purinton reportedly shot him twice, in the hand and the shoulder. After he had done his deed, the shooter fled. When police surrounded his home, they found it empty but found Purinton at an Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri.
Witnesses added he asked the bartender at the restaurant for a safe place to hide because he was involved in a shooting. The bartender instead called the police who arrested the man after midnight.
The two men whom she shot were Indian expatriates named Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, both engineers at Garmin. Kuchibhotla, who had a master’s degree from the University of Texas and was married, was killed in the incident while Madasani was critically injured.
Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old white man, was also shot in two places when he confronted the gunman.
“Ian thought all rounds were done and tried to go after the man. This resulted in Ian being shot,” his sisters wrote. “He’s going to have a lengthy recovery road and is already worried about how he will afford it, which is the last thing he needs.”
Family members of the slain Indian have set up a GoFundMe page to cover expenses including bringing his body back to India for burial. Funds have also been set up to take care of Madasani and Grillot’s medical bills.
In a public statement, Garmin also expressed its condolences to the victims’ families.
“We’re saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night’s incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved,” it read. “Garmin will have grievance (sic) counselors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow.”
The shooter, Adam Purinton, thought the two men were Middle Eastern. They were Indian.— Remi Kanazi (@Remroum) February 24, 2017
Hey Trump, more of your homegrown White supremacist terrorism. This time Kansas. Adam Purinton shoots at innocent workers. #TrumpTerrorism— Alex James (@stronglyaware) February 24, 2017
Adam Purinton is a terrorist radicalized by xenophobic rhetoric but that's not what the news will call him— a joan clone (@EatPrayNoLove) February 23, 2017
Purinton is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder and remains in jail on $100,000 bond.
Yet, despite testimonies form witnesses that Purinton hurled racial slurs at the two men before shooting them down, police are still not sure whether the incident was a hate crime.
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