A hate crime is a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically involving violence.
By Olivia Daniels
An FBI investigation, regarding the shooting of two Indian immigrants outside of Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kan., on February 22, 2017. Bystanders say that the shooter, a white man, used ethnic slurs when questioning their immigration, just before opening fire on that Wednesday.
Adam W. Purinton, the suspect, was soon thrown out of the bar for verbally harassing Srinivas Kuchibhotla, and Alok Madasani, the two Indian men. The authorities said that he was questioning whether the two were legal immigrants, and saying that the two men did not belong in the U.S.
After being thrown out of the bar, Purinton returned after a short period of time with a gun. He found the two men who had been sitting on the outdoor patio, and pulled the trigger, killing Kuchibhotla and injuring Madasani. Another bar patron, Ian Grillot was also shot and injured when he attempted to stop Purinton from fleeing the scene. Fortunately, he was able to prevent Purinton from leaving before authorities arrived.
In an interview with “New York Times”, following the shooting, Madasani said that both he and Mr. Kuchibhotla were educated in the United States and both were working and living legally.
Purinton was charged for first degree premeditated murder, and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. On February 28, the Kansas City division of the FBI began looking at this crime as a hate crime, given the nature of the shooting.
On Tuesday, February 28 the act was officially condemned as an “act of racially motivated hatred.”
The nature of the shooting has created an uproar in fear of hostility regarding white nationalism. During an emotional news conference last Friday, Sunayana Dumala, the widow of Mr. Kuchibhotla, addressed the hostility racial minorities in the United States face.
“I need an answer from the government. What are they going to do to stop this hate crime?” Dumala said.
Following President Trump’s crackdown on immigration through the use of travel bans from seven Muslim-majority countries. When speaking before a joint Congress, Trump addressed both the shooting in Kansas, saying that our country, “stands united in condemning hate and evil.”
Sarah Sanders, a white house spokeswoman, then went on to echo Trump’s opinion. “I want to reiterate the president condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms,they have no place in our country,” Sanders said.