Indian Techie’s Shooting In Kansas An ‘Act Of Racially Motivated Hatred’, Says White House

Srinivas Kuchibhotla

A White House spokesperson has condemned the Kansas shooting, where an Indian engineer was shot to death in a racial attack by a gunman, saying that the shooting appears to be "an act of racially motivated hatred."

"As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred," CNN quoted White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders as saying.

Asserting that such attacks have no place in the United States, Sanders said she wants to reiterate that U.S. President Donald Trump condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms.

She added that the President is "keeping the family of the victim who was senselessly killed in his thoughts and praying for the full and speedy recovery for those who were wounded."

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, an employee of GPS-maker Garmin, was killed when US navy veteran Adam Purinton opened fire after shouting “get out of my country”. His colleague, Alok Madasani, 32, was also injured. Purinton has been charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

Kuchibhotla's mortal remains arrived on Monday night. Telangana's Deputy Chief Minister Mahmood Ali was also present at the airport to receive his body. The last rites of Kuchibhotla were performed on Tuesday, amidst a wave of emotional upheaval.

With inputs from ANI

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