A 25-year-old University of Missouri-Kansas City student was fatally shot Friday night inside a restaurant where he worked, police say.
Kansas City police said the victim was Sharath Koppu, who was shot at around 7 p.m. Friday at J's Fish and Chicken Market at 5412 Prosepct Ave. His parents in India are aware of the killing.
It's unclear what happened before shots were fired. Koppu died shortly after being taken to a hospital. Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a possible suspect.
Koppu was a software engineer who came to the United States in January to pursue his master's degree, said Raghu Chowdavaram, a cousin of Koppu, according to a GoFundMe account.
"He had the same dreams like everyone else to make it BIG in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humor, and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand," the GoFundMe page said. "Little did anybody know that life is about to take a big unfortunate turn on a fateful day of July 6th 2018."
Donations will be used to help send Koppu's body to India. More than $22,000 had been raised as of Saturday afternoon.
Police have released surveillance video captured inside the restaurant at the time of the shooting and are asking for the public's help in identifying a possible suspect.
In the video, the man is wearing a brown shirt with white stripes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477 or through the app at www.kccrimestoppers.com.