Racist guns down men he thought were Middle Eastern

Adam Purinton (Photo Credit: Henry County Police)
Adam Purinton (Photo credit: Henry County Police)

The incidents of violence against people of color continue. A man shouting racial slurs gunned down three men, killing one. The shooting occurred in Olathe, Kansas, in the parking lot of Austin’s Bar and Grille on Feb.22

According to police, U.S. Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 51, had heated words inside the restaurant and the encounter spilled out into the parking lot. According to witnesses, Purinton followed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and Alok Madasani, 32, produced a gun and yelled, “Get out of my country!” and opened fire. When Ian Grillot, 24, attempted to intervene, he was also shot by Purinton. The shooter then fled the scene and a police manhunt began. Kuchibhotla died at a local hospital from his injuries while Madasani and Grillot were treated for their injuries. Madasani was released Thursday from a hospital, and Grillot is still hospitalized but improving.

Purinton showed up hours later at an Appleby’s restaurant in Clinton, Missouri where according to a bartender he stated that he needed a place to hide out because he had just killed two Middle Eastern men. The restaurant employee called police and Purinton was later taken into custody without incident. The men he shot were not Middle Eastern but in fact, both men were of Indian descent. Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke called it “a tragic and senseless act of violence.”

Purinton appeared before a judge in Henry County, Missour,i and waived his right to fight extradition. His bond was set at $2 million. The FBI office in Missouri said that it is too early in their investigation to assign a motive or call it a hate crime. According to one FBI agent assigned to the shooting, “We’re less than 24 hours in. We want to be sure of the facts versus speculation.”


Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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