Well, that didn’t take long.
By Saturday afternoon — less than three days after shootings that are being investigated as a possible hate crime at an Olathe bar — donations of more than $1 million had poured into four GoFundMe sites established for one man fatally shot and two victims wounded.
The donations — more than 26,000 in all — came from all 50 states and at least 38 countries, according to GoFundMe.
Adam W. Purinton, 51, of Olathe was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, who was at Austins Bar & Grill with his friend, 32-year-old Alok Madasani of Overland Park.
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Purinton allegedly declared, “Get out of my country!” before shooting the two men, who are of East Indian descent.
Purinton also is charged with shooting 24-year-old Ian Grillot, a stranger to both Kuchibhotla and Madasani. Grillot, who was wounded in the hand and chest, is being hailed as a hero for trying to stop Purinton.
Four GoFundMe sites have been set up for the men.
By mid-afternoon Saturday, the site for Kuchibhotla had raised $573,000. A combined campaign for Kuchibhotla and Madasani had raised $82,000, and a fund for Madasani’s medical expenses had raised $9,000. A campaign for Grillot had raised $339,000.