Kansas City shooting survivor says alleged shooter asked about visas
Feb 26 2017
Purinton has been charged with murder and attempted murder.
The United States Embassy has condemned the shooting and has said that a "thorough investigation" will be conducted in the case.
Sunayana Dumala, Mr Kuchibhotla's wife, tolda news conference organised by the technology company Garmin, where her husband and his colleague worked, that she wondered what the U.S. would do to stop hate crimes against minorities. The local police are calling it a "possible hate crime"."I was just doing what anyone should have done". Madasani, who hails from Warangal town in Telangana, was released from a hospital on Thursday, the Star reported.
The campaign to take his body to India and support his family with funeral costs has smashed its original $150,000 target, with more than 13,000 people having do far made donations. Meanwhile, All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) submitted a memorandum to the US Consulate in Hyderabad seeking measures by the US government to stop hate crimes and to provide protection to Indians.
US Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas posted a statement on Facebook about the shooting, expressing concern for the safety of other immigrants.
Mr Madasani's father, Jaganmohan Reddy, called it a hate crime, saying that such incidents had increased in number following the election of Donald Trump.
Bartender Garret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star that Kuchibhotla and Madasani stopped at Austins for a drink once or twice a week.
Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla - Alok Madasani - Ian Grillot.
The suspect allegedly fled on foot and was arrested five hours later at a restaurant just over the state border, 130km away in Clinton, Missouri.
Mr Trump's spokesman, Sean Spicer, said: "I mean, obviously, any loss of life is tragic, but I'm not going to get into, like, that kind of - to suggest that there's any correlation - I think is a bit absurd. My heartfelt condolences to bereaved family", Sushma Swaraj tweeted.
Kuchibhotla and Madasani were both employees at Garmin.
Although she said much of her late husband's talents, passions and what he did in the United States, she did not speak of his religion or ancestry - except to lament that it might matter so much to another person.
The relatives blamed the recent election of Donald Trump as president of USA as the reason for this incident. "And he turned around and fired a round at me", Mr Gillot said.
In a statement, US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi, who represents Illinois' 8th Congressional District, said the shooting incident appeared to be "an act of hatred".
As of Thursday evening, a GoFundMe page had raised more than $150,000 for his wife and family.