FBI investigation into whether the shooting of two Indian men was a hate crime too raised questions about the White Houses rhetoric around immigration
The FBI is investigating whether the shooting of two Indian men at a bar in Kansas could be a hate crime, amid reports that the gunman attacked the victims before opening fire on Wednesday night.
Adam W Purinton was charged with slaying for reportedly hitting Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and his friend Alok Madasani, 32, at the Austins Bar& Grill in Olathe, Kansas. Kuchibhotla was killed in the hospital from his injuries, and Madasani has been secreted from the hospital.
At least one witness told the Kansas City Star that the gunman shrieked go back to your country before opening fire.
In India, citizens raised concerns about the safety of foreigners in the US. It too raised questions about the White Houses rhetoric around immigration, which has promoted Donald Trumps America First position on allowing parties into the country.
White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said here demise in Kansas was disastrous but that it would be absurd to relate the action to Trumps rhetoric, according to Reuters . He also said it was too early to determined the motivating.
But for Kuchibhotlas wife, Sunayana Dumala, the incident raised questions about whether immigrants are appraised in the US. Dumala replied at a news conference on Friday that she required an answer to merely one question: Do we belong here?
Dumala said she meditated before if her family should stay in the country because of its high rates of gun violence but her husband told her good circumstances is true in America.
More than $413,000 has been raised on the crowdfunding website GoFundMe to facilitate Sunayana pay for funeral overheads and other costs.
Any action on accusing the incident as a hate crime would have to come from all federal departments because Kansas does not have a hate crime statute, replied Johnson County district attorney Stephen M Howe.
Purinton was charged with first-degree slaying and two weighs of attempted first-degree slaying on Thursday. He is set to appear in court on Monday. Authorities declined to provide additional details about the incident.
Johnson County court enters depict Purinton had faced a drunken-driving charge in 1999, which was dismissed, and received a quickening ticket in 2008.
Purintons next-door neighbor, Beverly Morris, told the Kansas City Star he was usually somewhat inebriated, while other neighbors recollected a reclusive, sometimes psychological being who would occasionally help neighbours with gardening tasks.
He worked with the Federal Aviation Administration until 2000, according to an organization spokesperson.
Police saw Purinton at an Applebees about 80 miles back in Clinton, Missouri, after being tipped off by a bartender at the restaurants sector, who replied Purinton told them he had been involved in the shooting.
Another man, 24 -year-old Ian Grillot, was wounded in the hand and chest after trying to stop the crap-shooter, he replied.