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Suspect in Austin’s bar shooting in Olathe gets preliminary hearing date

Olathe shooting at Austins: From tragedy to words of hope

A recap of the events surrounding the shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kan.
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A recap of the events surrounding the shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kan.

Adam Purinton, the man accused of killing an Indian national at an Olathe bar and grill in February, will have a preliminary hearing Sept. 18.

Purinton, 51, is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 22 shooting of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old Garmin engineer who was in the country on a work visa. Purinton is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and wounding Alok Madasani, another 32-year-old engineer at Garmin, and 24-year-old Ian Grillot of Olathe.

At least one witness said Purinton yelled, “Get out of my country,” before opening fire at Austins Bar & Grill. Grillot was shot as he tried to apprehend the shooter.

Purinton was in Johnson County District Court on Monday. The judge set the date for his preliminary hearing.

Purinton remains in the Johnson County jail with bond set at $2 million.

The FBI is also investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

Adam Purinton, the man charged in last week’s deadly shooting in Olathe, made his first court appearance Monday afternoon via closed-circuit television from the Johnson County Jail. This video includes footage from the University of Kansas Health

Matt Campbell: 816-234-4902, @MattCampbellKC

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