Kansas City, KS - A civilian, Ian Grillot, is a hero after taking a bullet to stop a hate crime attack that killed one Indian man and wounded a second Indian man.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the incident occurred at a popular bar, Austins Bar and Grill on Wednesday night, February 22, 2017. Ian Grillot had stopped at the bar to unwind and watch a basketball game when the incident occurred.
The suspect, Adam Purinton, 51, was drinking in the bar when he yelled at two Indian men who were also in the bar "to get out of my country" and then began shooting.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla, age 32, and an engineer for Garmin, and Alok Madasani, age 32, also an engineer for Garmin, were shot. Ian Grillot ducked behind a table as shots rang out, according to the Hindustan Times. When he thought the suspect was out of bullets, he lunged at him. Purinton had one bullet left and shot Grillot. Grillot said that he "must of miscounted."
Both Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani were transported to local hospitals. Kuchibhotia died of his injuries. Madasani was treated and released on Thursday, February 23, 2017. Ian Grillot remains hospitalized from wounds in the arm and chest.
Purinton was arrested hours later after the attack at a different bar. An unconfirmed media source said that Purinton told the bartender at the second bar that he needed a drink because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men.
After he was released from the hospital, Alok Madasani told police that Purinton was sitting near them in the bar and asked them what type of visas they had and if they were in the country illegally. He said that they ignored him because "people do stupid things all the time." He said that he went to get a manager but the man (Purinton) was already being escorted out. Purinton returned a short time later and opened fire on the two men.
Adam Purinton is a former air traffic controller. Friends said that he has not been the same since his father died of pancreatic cancer in 2015 and that his alcoholism is out of control.Of course, those are just excuses. Alcohol and loss of a family member doesn't turn people into hateful killers.
Ian Grillot said that he "...is very grateful that one of the gentlemen is fine and alive," and that "it's terrible what happened to his friend." He also said that he "was just doing what anyone should have done."
Adam Purinton has been charged with Murder and Attempted Murder. He remains in jail with his first appearance set for Monday, February 27, 2017. The FBI is conducting an investigation into this incident as a hate crime. Hopefully, he will never see outside of prison walls again.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and also with the injured Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot. Thank you Ian Grillot for being a hero and doing the right thing.
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