The Star’s coverage of the Austins Bar & Grill shooting
The Kansas City Star Staff
Gunfire shattered an otherwise normal Wednesday evening at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. Racial slurs reportedly preceded the violence.
The Star has dedicated extensive coverage to the shooting, allegedly perpetrated by Adam W. Purinton, and the tragic aftermath that followed with the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and hospitalization of Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot.
Witness accounts raised speculation that the shooting was racially motivated. Two of the victims are of Indian descent, and the shooter reportedly yelled, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire.
On Tuesday, five days after the triple shooting, the FBI announced it was investigating the incident as a hate crime. Shortly after the announcement, President Trump condemned the attack. Some had criticized him for not speaking out more quickly.
A recap of the events surrounding the shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kan. Monty Davis, Jill Toyoshiba, Shane Keyser, Allison Long, University of Kansas Health System, Neil NakahodoThe Kansas City Star
The aftermath of a tragedy
Arcs of two lives intersect in tragedy at Austins bar in Olathe
In the wake of the shooting, those who know the accused and the victims are left puzzling over a reason.
The First Baptist Church of Olathe held a prayer vigil last month to honor the victims of the shooting at Austins Bar & Grill. In a possible hate crime, Adam W. Purinton, 51, allegedly shot and killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, of Overland Park. Jill ToyoshibaThe Kansas City Star
Widow of Olathe shooting victim: 'I need an answer' on how U.S. stops hate crimes
Kuchibhotla's widow, Sunayana Dumala, discussed rising anti-immigrant sentiments with her husband before his death, asking him, "Are we doing the right thing of staying in the United States of America?"
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder during a press conference with the Olathe Police Department and FBI. Shane KeyserThe Kansas City Star
'His personality was exceptional': Former manager remembers victim
"He was very sharp. A top-of-his-class kind of guy,' recalled a hiring manager.
Ian Grillot is recovering after he was shot Wednesday night at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe while trying to pursue the shooter. Grillot's doctor says the patient's chest will heal well but his hand has been "touch and go." This footage is from The University of Kansas Health System. Leah BecerraThe Kansas City Star