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Bar Shooting Kansas

Kansas man who took two bullets to stop reported racist gunman revisits scene

by Jody Jameson, Contributor

The man shot while trying to stop an alleged racist gunman at a Kansas bar, was released from the hospital on Tuesday and invited to India to celebrate his actions.

On February 22, Adam Purington, 51, allegedly shot two men in Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, then shot Ian Grillot while Grillot, 24, who was trying to stop him, as reported by Daily News. Both men that Purington targeted were originally from Hyperbad, India. Kan. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed in the attack.  Alok Madasani was injured.

Purington, a Navy veteran, reportedly heckled Kuchibhotla and Madasani. He believed the men were from Iran. Grillot said he escorted the suspect out of the bar after he saw him harassing Kuchibhotla and Madasani, both engineers at Garmin. About an hour and a half after, the suspect returned with a gun.

Purington allegedly yelled “get out of my country” before he shot both men. Grillot said he tried to chase the suspect down so that “he could be held responsible for his terrible actions.” That’s when Purington turned around shot Grillot.

The shooter was arrested about 70 miles away in an Applebees restaurant in Clinton, Missouri.

According to the University of Kansas Health System, Grillot was released Tuesday from the hospital, but still faces challenges as he recovers from his injuries.

“He has been through many hurdles since the shooting and still faces physician appointments and other critical meetings in the days ahead.”

Grillot attended church the day after his hospital release. Shortly after, he went back to the site of the shooting to gain “closure.” He was pictured posing with people at the bar wearing a blue Kansas City Royals jersey.

On Thursday, Grillot returned to the hospital to meet with Anupam Ray, consul general of the Indian consulate in Houston.

Ray invited Grillot and his family to visit India, after the hero fully recovers. The country remains grateful to Grillot.

The 24-year-old didn’t want to comment whether or not this was a hate crime, or what kind of punishment he believes Purington should get if found guilty.

“I do feel sympathy for him, but his actions were unjustified and uncalled for. I don’t think I can say I forgive him, because he nearly took my life, he took another man’s life and he had the intent of taking another man’s life. To me that’s not forgivable.”

The shooting got enough attention that President Trump condemned it in his first address to a joint session of Congress.

[Feature Photo: AP/Orlin Wagner]

Jody Jameson is up-and-coming journalist who's been featured in national news publications for her in-depth crime stories coverage. Her passion lies within helping women and children, in hopes of bringing awareness to abuse, exploitation, and rights violations. In her personal time, Jody has done summer volunteer work at The Boys and Girls Club, and worked as a peer assistant for PALS, a program that assists underprivileged kids. During her time in sorority, Kappa Kappa Gama, Jody volunteered in the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program, which raises money to supply books to children in need.