Kansas shooting: Bar server recalls Indian victims as super nice ‘Jameson guys’
Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were shot late on Wednesday by Adam Purinton, a former US navy veteran, who wanted them to leave his country, in what is being seen as an apparent hate crimeUpdated: Mar 15, 2017 07:47 IST
The two Hyderabad boys shot in a Kansas bar by a white man were “super nice guys” who would visit twice a week to have a smoke and a few Jameson whiskies, a server at the restaurant has recalled.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were shot late on Wednesday by Adam Purinton, a former US navy veteran, who wanted them to leave his country, in what is being seen as an apparent hate crime.
The 32-year-old Kuchibhotla died almost immediately, while Madasani, 32, was released from a hospital in Olathe on Thursday.
“We know them as the Jameson guys,” Garret Bohnen, who has served them, told The Kansas City Star, a local newspaper. “They are super nice guys. They would sit, have a cigarette, have a few drinks and pay their tab and leave.”
The 51-year-old alleged shooter was charged on Thursday. A third man, local Ian Grillot, who was injured as he tried to stop Purinton, is in hospital.
Bohnen, who was leaving the bar as Kuchibhotla and Madasani walked in, said all four were regulars at the Austins Bar and Grill.
“Ian’s a really good guy,” Bohnen told The Kansas City Star. “He’s been going there forever. We’ve always had a good time with him. He’s always one to diffuse stuff.”
And that’s exactly what Grillot, 24, did on Wednesday.
Local US media reports said Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the victims, questioning their presence and work in his country. He was then told to leave the bar, but he returned, shouted “get out of my country” and “terrorist” before shooting them.
Grillot ducked behind a table and when he thought the gunman was out of bullets, he lunged at him. But as the Kansas City Star reported, Purinton had still one round left and shot Grillot through the arm and chest.
“From what I understand when he was throwing racial slurs at the two gentlemen (Kuchibhotla and Madasani), Ian stood up for them,” Bohnen said. “We’re all proud of him.”