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This undated photo provided by the Henry County Sheriff's Office in Clinton, Mo., shows Adam Purinton, of Olathe, Kan., who was arrested early Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in connection with a shooting at a bar in Olathe that left one person dead and and wounding two others. Purinton waived extradition during a brief court hearing in Henry County in Missouri and will be returned to Kansas. (Henry County (Mo.) Sheriff's Office via AP)

A man accused of shooting 2 Indian men in Kansas asked victims if their 'status was legal'


UPDATE: March 6 at 3:39 p.m.

An Indian man wounded in a racially motivated shooting at a Kansas City bar reportedly told authorities that the gunman asked whether he and his friend, who was killed in the attack, whether their "status was legal" before firing shots. 

Adam Purinton, the accused gunman is being held in Johnson County, Kansas, on a $2 million bond. He faces murder and attempted murder charges for the Feb. 22 shooting.

In an affidavit released Monday, on the night of the shooting, Purinton was described as a Navy veteran wearing a T-shirt "with military-style medals on it, and a white scarf around his head."

It's unclear in the affidavit whether those medals were real or if the T-shirt just showed images of the medals.

In addition, the affidavit noted that Purinton was a regular at the bar. Employees were reportedly able to identify him using card receipts.

The Associated Press contributed to this update.

Original story

Adam Purinton, hours after allegedly shooting three people in Kansas and killing one, opened up to an Applebee's bartender, CNN reports.

The shootings happened at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, Wednesday night at around 7 p.m. Alok Madasani, 32, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32 and Ian Grillot, 24 were shot. 

At about 11:30 p.m., a bartender told police the suspect in that shooting was at her Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri.

"So I'm a bartender at Applebee's...and I had this guy come into my bar and he told me he'd done something really bad and he was on the run from the police," the bartender said, according to 9-11 calls. He later said he'd "killed two people in Olathe." 

She urged officers not to come into the building with sirens blaring, fearing the suspect would "freak out" and hurt people. Purinton gave himself up without incident when police arrived about eight minutes later.

The context

Madasani and Kuchbihotla, both from India, worked at Garmin. The incident reportedly started after Purinton got upset at a bar, Grillot said.

Purinton, 51, reportedly yelled at the Indian men, "Get out of my country." When Grillot told Purinton to leave, he responded, "Why are you standing up for them?" He emphasized "them" as if it was an insult. He left the building and returned with a gun and started shooting. Kuchibhotla died of his injuries. 

This Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, photo provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Olathe, Kan., shows Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the Wednesday night shooting at a crowded bar in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. One man was killed and two were injured in the shooting. (Johnson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Purinton faces a charge premeditated first degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder. The FBI is investigating to determine if hate crime charges are necessary.

Purinton's neighbor Andy Berthelsen said Purinton was not racist or especially political, but became a "drunken mess" after his father died about 18 months ago, The Associated Press reports. Purinton's mother Marsha told The New York Times that Adam "snapped."

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