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Kansas shooting: Indian Consulate to help in transporting mortal remains of killed Indian engineer

News Agencies | Updated on: 24 February 2017, 11:38 IST

Following the deadly shooting in Kansas in which an Indian engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was killed by a gunman in an alleged racial attack, the Indian Consulate in Houston has stepped in to ensure the victims' mortal remains are brought back and adequate facilities are provided to another Indian, Alok Madasani, who was injured.

"Consul Mr. R. D Joshi is rushing from Houston to Kansas to render all possible assistance. Vice Consul, Mr. Harpal Singh is also proceeding from Dallas to Kansas. They will meet the injured and facilitate in bringing the mortal remains of the deceased," said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

He further informed that they will be in touch with the local police officials to ascertain more details of the incident and monitor follow up action.

"The deceased and the injured persons are from Hyderabad and Warangal, and have been working at Garmin in Olathe (Kansas)," Swarup said.

According to local U.S. media, the gunman, Adam Purinton, 51 who is a Navy veteran, was arrested after he allegedly blasted off several rounds of fire on Thursday.

The Police say Purinton shot and killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer at GPS maker Garmin International and wounded his colleague Alok Madasani.

"We're saddened that two Garmin associates were involved in last night's incident, and we express our condolences to the family and friends of our co-workers involved. Garmin will have grievance counselors on-site and available for its associates today and tomorrow," said a statement released by Garmin International.

At least one witness has claimed that Purtinton yelled 'get out of my country' and also heard him screaming racial slurs before opening fire.

According to reports, Kuchibhotla died at a local hospital and Madasani and another injured man were hospitalized.

Local U.S. media reports said that Purinton came back after he was asked to leave the bar for shouting racial slurs and opened fire on the people.

He was reportedly taken into custody by the police at Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri, about 82 miles southeast of Olathe.

Purinton was working as desktop support specialist for an information technology company in the Kansas City area.

He was described by the witnesses at the bar as a "disgruntled customer".

Olathe Police said the FBI will investigate if it's proven that the shooting was a result of a hate crime.

-ANI

First published: 24 February 2017, 11:38 IST
 
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