Kansas shooting: Investigating killing of Srinivas as incident of hate crime, says FBI

"Working jointly with the Olathe police department in investigating the Kansas incident," read FBI 's statement

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on March 1 released a statement saying that the agency is in the conjunction with the US Attorney’s office and department of Justice is investigating the Kansas shooting as an incident of hate crime. Also, FBI is working jointly with the Olathe police department in investigating the Kansas incident.

On 22 February, 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed and two others were injured in Kansas after an American man Adam Purinton opened fire on them allegedly yelling “get out of my country”. Srinivas, was working at the Garmin headquarters in Olathe, while another Indian and his colleague Alok Madasani was critically injured and is battling for life at a local hospital. A man identified as Ian Grillot was also injured in the shooting.

Five hours after the incident, the local police arrested 51-year-old accused in the incident. Purinton is a navy veteran and had reportedly told a bartender in Clinton, Missouri, where he was hiding that he killed two Middle Eastern persons, the Kansas City Star said.

Blaming newly appointed US President, Donald Trump, a relative of Srinivas had said, “US newly-elected president Donald Trump is the primary reason behind the hate crime that took place at a bar in Kansas,”.

United States President Donald Trump on March 1 in his first address to the joint session of the U.S Congress said, “We condemn hate in all its ugly forms, the threats targeting Jewish centres and the Kansas shooting. I am here tonight to deliver a message of unity and strength, and it is a message deeply delivered from my heart.”

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