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US man charged with hate crime for killing Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla

Adam Purinton, 52, is accused of fatally shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla and attempting to kill Alok Madasani.

Published: 10th June 2017 06:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 11th June 2017 05:45 AM   |  A+A-

Adam Purinton, charged in the Olathe Austins bar shootings, appears at the Johnson County District Courthouse on May 15. (File Photo | AP)

By PTI

Adam Purinton, a US Navy veteran accused of killing Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring two others at a suburban Kansas City bar, has been indicted on federal hate crime and firearms charges.     
The indictment OF Purinton, 51, of Olathe, Kansas, by a federal grand jury comes after the February 22 shooting at the city bar.     

The indictment announced by the Department of Justice has accused Purinton of shooting and killing Kuchibhotla, and attempting to kill Alok Madasani, also an Indian national, because of their actual and perceived race, colour, religion and national origin.     

Witnesses said Purinton yelled at the two Indian men to "get out of my country" before pulling the trigger in the attack.     

Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American man, was also injured while intervening in the shooting.     

The announcement of the indictment was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General Thomas E Wheeler, II, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and United States Attorney Thomas E Beall of the District of Kansas.     

Srinivas was tragically shot dead in a Kansas bar by a man, and the entire incident seemed to be a hate crime as the shooter spewed racist comments before shooting. (File | EPS)

Puritan faces a maximum penalty of death or life in prison. The Justice Department will determine at a later date whether, in this particular case, it will seek the death penalty, a statement said.        

A third count in the indictment charges Purinton with violating a federal firearms statute by discharging a firearm at Kuchibhotla, Madasani, and Grillot, during the violence.     

It alleges that Purinton committed the offences after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, and knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene.     

Purinton, a US Navy veteran, is currently being held in the Johnson County jail on a USD two million cash bond on murder and attempted murder charges

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