Killed in cold blood: Sirinivas Kuchibhotla.
The Indian government has expressed its outrage after an Indian engineer working in Kansas was shot dead and his colleague injured in an attack that suspected of being racially motivated.
Sirinivas Kuchibhotla and his friend and colleague Alok Madasani, who both work for the American technology giant Garmin, were shot at a bar near the city of Kansas City on Wednesday night by a man who reportedly shouted to them to “get out of my country”.
Mr Kuchubhotla died later in hospital while Mr Madasani was seriously injured. A 24-year-old American man, named locally as Ian Grillot, who intervened to help the two men was also shot and injured.
The gunman, Navy veteran Adam Purinton, has been arrested and charged with murder. After the shooting Purinton is thought to have visited another bar nearby where he had told a bartender that he had killed two “Middle Eastern” men.
He was arrested at the spot.
Killer Adam Purinton
The attack has caused widespread outrage in India as well as among America’s large community of Indian professionals.
“I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas in which Srinivas Kuchibhotla has been killed,” India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, said on Twitter.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweeted: “The vicious racism unleashed in some quarters in the U.S. claims more innocent victims, who happen to be Indian.”
Alok Madasani, who was injured in the shooting.
A crowdfunding page on GoFundMe set up by Kavipriya Muthuramalingam, who said he was a friend of Mr. Kuchibhotla and his wife, Sunayana, had received $261,651 in donations by Friday afternoon, surpassing its $150,000 goal.
Mr. Mutharamalingam said that he worked with Mr. Kuchibhotla and that 100 percent of the proceeds would go to the family of Mr. Kuchibhotla, and would cover the cost of sending his remains back to India.
“Srini was the kindest person you would meet, full of love, care and compassion for everyone,” Mr. Muthuramalingam wrote on the page.
“He never uttered a word of hatred, a simple gossip, or a careless comment. He was brilliant, well mannered and simply an outstanding human being.”