ISLAMOPHOBIA

2 Indian-Americans Shot, Mistaken for Arabs

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The white man suspected of shooting two men, killing one, allegedly told a bartender before his arrest that he had killed two Middle Eastern men. According to the The Kansas City Star, Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested at an Applebee’s bar where he’d been drinking five hours after the shooting. He reportedly told the bartender—who called police—that he needed to hide out. According to the Star, at least one witness heard Purinton yell “get out of my country” shortly before shooting two men he believed to be Middle Eastern. As it turns out, the two victims—Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died from his injuries; and Alok Madasani—appear to be of Indian descent and worked as aviation systems engineers at Garmin. A third victim, Ian Grillot, was shot in the hand and shoulder while reportedly trying to defend the other victims.