On Wednesday, 51-year-old Adam W. Purinton reportedly shouted “get out of my country” before beginning fire at an Olathe, KS, bar, killing 1 person of Indian origin & injuring another, as well as an independent bar patron. Soon after that, he was heard allegedly bragging about having killed “Middle Eastern” men.
Presently, Madasani Jaganmohan Reddy, whose son Alok is recovering from the shooting, has a word in the wake of what resembles to be a racially motivated crime.
“The situation seems to be pretty bad after Trump took over as the U.S. president,” Reddy told the Hindustan Times. “I appeal to all the parents in India not to send their children to the US in the present circumstances.”
“He picked up an argument with them and asked them why they were staying in the US illegally,” Reddy explained. “They tried to tell him that they had done their MS (master’s degree) in Kansas in 2006 and had been staying there with valid work permits.”
Following the bar manager kicked Purinton out at Alok & Srinivas’s request, Purinton allegedly returned and began shooting. He has since held charged with 1 count of first-degree murder, & 2 counts of attempted murder. Federal officials are also investigating if the attack could be prosecuted as a hatred crime.
Reddy’s request to Indian parents may, in fact, be part of a larger trend. Travel & tourism to the United States has reportedly seen a sharp decline lately, in what’s been described the “Trump slump.”
In truth, the Kansas shooting comes just as President Donald Trump doubles down on his harsh rhetoric, that has fertilized anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation. On Friday, the president Donald Trump talked to an enthusiastic crowd at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, saying, attendees, that, “the core conviction of our movement is that we are a nation that put and will put its citizens first.”
Asked whether Alok and another son living in the U.S. would remain in the country, Reddy told the New York Times, “My sons are not new to America. They have been staying there for the last 10 to 12 years.”
“This is a new situation,” he added. “And they are the best judges.”