The South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey

Message From The Board

In the wake of another senseless act of violence, SABA-NJ strongly condemns the actions of hateful and racist individuals in America that have felt empowered under the new political climate. SABA-NJ urges President Trump to condemn these actions and we also urge federal law enforcement to file hate crime charges.

An attack occurred around 7:15 p.m. Wednesday on February 22, 2017 at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City.

At least one witness said that the gunman, identified as Adam W. Purinton, 51, yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire, and a bartender at a Clinton, Mo., restaurant where Mr. Purinton was later captured said he had heard him say that he had killed two Middle Eastern men, The Kansas City Star reported.

A 24-year-old American man who tried to intervene after he reportedly heard the gunman issue racist slurs was shot and hospitalized.

Officers responded to reports of gunfire at the bar and found three victims with gunshot wounds. Emergency responders rushed them to an area hospital, where one of the victims was pronounced dead.

Olathe police identified the deceased victim as 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla. The two other injured victims, identified as Alok R. Madasani, 32, and Ian P. Grillot, 24, were recovering at a hospital in stable condition.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked as aviation engineers at Garmin, a GPS technology company with offices in Kansas, the Kansas City Star reported.

At the end of this senseless attack is a dead Indian man. Regardless of his race or religion as the murderer thought he shot a “Middle Eastern” man, an attack of this magnitude is an attack on all immigrants regardless of the country where they came from.

SABA-NJ urges federal law enforcement to file hate crime charges and urges President Trump to strongly condemn this attack.

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