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Man pleads guilty in fatal suburban Kansas City bar shooting

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Deanna Wagner | 10 March, 2018, 02:41

A Kansas man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to the murder of an Indian-born engineer whom he had angrily confronted about his immigration status at a bar here past year, then fatally shot in an attack that drew worldwide scorn.

Purinton also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder for injuring Kuchibhotla's friend Alok Madasani, also from India, and Ian Grillot, who tried to intervene during the shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, last February, the district attorney said. Madasani was hit once in the thigh and escaped, but Kuchibhotla was struck several times.

As Purinton ran away, Ian Grillot who had been sitting near the two Indian men, chased Purinton out of the bar so he wouldn't get away.

At the time of the incident, former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted a link to an article on the shooting and called on President Donald Trump to "step up and speak out" against "threats and hate crimes".

The man who shot Indian software engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla after shouting "get out of my country" has admitted in a U.S. state court to the murder. He returned with a gun 30 minutes later with the lower portion of his face hidden in a scarf.

Victims and their families were not in the court room to see Purinton admit his crimes.

Kuchibhotla's widow, Sunayana Dumala, was not at the court Tuesday, issued a statement later.

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"We must understand and love one another", Dumala wrote in her statement.

He barged back in, hurling racial slurs and shouting, "Get out of my country!" at two Indian men before firing shots, witnesses recalled.

Purinton is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4.

Mr. Madasani told detectives that the gunman asked the men if their "status was legal" before he opened fire, an affidavit indicated.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Purinton committed the offences after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill more than one person in a single criminal episode, and knowingly created a grave risk of death to others on the scene.

As he stopped by at a local pub, he had allegedly told the bartender about the shooting incident in an inebriated state, following which, the staff informed the police.

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