Man indicted on hate crime charges for Kansas bar shooting
By Jennifer Cruz
Adam Purinton, who is accused of gunning down three people at a Kansas bar earlier this year, appears in court. (Photo: The Kansas City Star)
A 52-year-old man from Olathe, Kansas, was indicted by a Grand Jury last week for the Feb. 22 shooting at an Olathe bar that left one man dead and two wounded.
The indictment charges Adam W. Purinton with a federal hate crime and firearm offenses.
Authorities believe Purinton targeted two of the three victims – Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, and Alok Madasani, 32 – because of their “actual and perceived race, color, religion and national origin,” while the third victim – 24-year-old Ian Grillot – was simply a good Samaritan who attempted to intervene during the crime.
The shooting occurred at Austins Bar & Grill as two of the victims were sitting in the patio area. Purinton was said to have made derogatory comments toward the two men, which included asking them if their “status was legal.”
Eventually, Purinton was asked to leave the business and escorted out. However, about 30 minutes later, Purinton returned to the bar armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun, went to the patio area and opened fire, striking both Kuchibhotla and Madasani. As Purinton made