A Kansas man who yelled “Get out of my country” before fatally shooting two Indian engineers has pleaded guilty to murder. Navy veteran Adam Purinton, 52, could spend the rest of his life behind bars, or possibly even the death penalty, for the 2017 shooting at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, according to The Associated Press.
Purinton allegedly made racial slurs towards Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, who were both employees at the Aviation Systems Engineering department for Garmin, located nearby, The Kansas City Star reported. Kuchibhotla died and Madasani was critically injured. Both were 32, and moved to the United States as students, according to The Associated Press. A third man, Ian Grillot, 24, was shot in the hand and chest when he tried to defend the two engineers.
Griillot was honored by Time as one of "5 Heros Who Gave Us Hope in 2017." He told the magazine he tried to subdue Purinton because "I wouldn't have been able to live with myself if I didn't do anything."
After the shooting, Purinton fled 70 miles away and allegedly revealed to an Applebee's bartender in Missouri that he had “killed two Iranian people,” according to CBS News. That bartender tipped off the cops.
Prosecutors said Purinton harrassed the two men before resorting to violence, according to the Associated Press. Witnesses said Purinton yelled, “get out of my country” and use racial slurs before shooting, according to CBS News.
Purinton pleaded not guilty to federal hate crime charges in November.
[Photo: Henry County Jail]