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Kansas shooting: Family of deceased engineer blames Trump for it

At least one witness has claimed that Purtinton yelled 'get out of my country'

Kansas Shooting


Parents of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla
Parents of engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla mourn his death in Hyderabad on Friday. Photo: PTI

The relatives of murdered Indian-origin engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla on Friday blamed President Donald Trump for the hate crime in Kansas.

"This certainly shows that Trump is surely the primary reason as of now. Most of my relatives are in the US from the past 20 years and they have never encountered this thing. This is first such incident in our family," said Shastri, Srinivas's brother.

Shastri further said the only thing they want from the government is to hand over Srinivas's body at the earliest.

"Sushma Swaraj called me in the morning and the local BJP team has been in touch with me. They have said they would be supporting us along with the Telangana Government," he said.

According to the local US media, gunman Adam Purinton, 51 who is a Navy veteran, was arrested after he allegedly fired several rounds 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 counsellors 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 was hospitalised.

Local US 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 south-east of Olathe.

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First Published: Fri, February 24 2017. 17:50 IST