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Austins shooting hero Ian Grillot honored by Time magazine

Ian Grillot honored as American Hero for intervening in Olathe shooting at Austins

Ian Grillot, who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman during a rampage two months ago, was honored Saturday at the Asian Cultural Festival.
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Ian Grillot, who was wounded while trying to stop a gunman during a rampage two months ago, was honored Saturday at the Asian Cultural Festival.

In naming “5 Heroes Who Gave Us Hope in 2017,” Time magazine has recognized Ian Grillot, who intervened in the Feb. 22 fatal shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe.

Grillot, then 24, was injured by gunfire when he tried to take down a shooter attacking two Indians in what federal authorities have deemed a hate crime.

“I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself it I didn’t do anything,” Grillot said in an article posted by Time on Thursday.

The magazine saluted the Kansas man as the “bargoer who stepped into the line of fire.”

Grillot had been watching a televised basketball game at the restaurant when a gunman approached Srinivas Kutchibhotla and Alok Mudasani, both 32, and reportedly told them to “get out of my country.” Kutchibholta was killed and Mudasani was injured along with Grillot, who was shot in the chest in an attempt to keep the assailant from harming others.

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Adam Purinton of Olathe has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the assaults.

Others saluted by Time included a chef who fed Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico, Houston neighbors who aided a woman having a baby in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and a California dog who refused to leave behind livestock he was guarding as wildfires raged.

Rick Montgomery: 816-234-4410, @rmontgomery_r

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