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Kansas shooting: injured man says suspect asked victims about visas

Alok Madasani, who survived attack that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, tells New York Times suspect asked us what visa are we currently on

A man injured in a fatal shooting in suburban Kansas City that witnesses say was racially motivated has said the alleged gunman asked two of the victims about their visa status before returning and opening fire, killing one and wounding another.

Witnesses told investigators that at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas on Wednesday evening, as patrons watched a Kansas-TCU basketball game, Adam Purinton yelled at two Indian men to get out of my country before opening fire.

One man, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed. Two other men, 32-year-old Alok Madasani and 24-year-old Ian Grillot, were injured.

Madasani told the New York Times on Friday night Purinton asked us what visa are we currently on and whether we are staying here illegally.

Both men were educated in the US and were working in the country legally.

Madasani told the Times: We didnt react. People do stupid things all the time. This guy took it to the next level.

Madasani said he went to get a manager and by the time he returned to the patio, the man was being escorted out.

On Friday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Kuchibhotlas death was tragic but added that it would be absurd to link the action to President Trumps strong rhetoric on immigration, according to Reuters.

At a press conference, Kuchibhotlas wife, Sunayana Dumala, said her husbands death raised questions about whether immigrants are valued in the US. She wanted an answer to just one question, she said: Do we belong here?

He did not deserve a death like this, Dumala said at the press conference, which was organized by her husbands employer, the GPS device-maker Garmin. Kuchibhotla and Madasani, both engineers, worked at the companys main campus a mile from the scene of the shooting. Garmin is one of the regions best-known employers.

I dont know what to say, Damala added. Weve read many times in newspapers of some kind of shooting happening somewhere. I was always concerned, Are we doing the right thing staying in the US or America? But he always assured me good things happen in America.

Though she did not mention Trump by name, Dumala directed anger at the US government, asking what officials would do to stop hate crimes.

Not everyone will be harmful to this country, she said.

Madasanis father, Jaganmohan Reddy, said he had spoken with his wounded son by phone from India and was worried about his safety.

I request other parents to think twice before sending their children to the United States, he said.

Madasani has been released from hospital while Grillot remains hospitalized. As the gunfire began, Grillot hid under a table until nine shots had been fired. Believing the suspects magazine was empty, he chased the gunman in hopes of subduing him.

A bullet went through his right hand and into his chest, just missing a major artery but fracturing a vertebra in his neck.

Another half-inch, I could be dead or never walk again, he said on Thursday from his hospital bed in a video from the University of Kansas Health System. He did not describe what led to the shooting, saying only that he felt compelled to intervene to help others.

I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being, he said.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/25/kansas-shooting-injured-man-suspect-visas