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$1 million and counting: GoFundMe donors step up for Olathe shooting victims

Alok Madasani, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Ian Grillot were shot Wednesday night at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe.
Alok Madasani, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Ian Grillot were shot Wednesday night at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe.

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.

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.

Eric Adler: 816-234-4431, @eadler

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