The Kansas man who yelled “Get out of my country” before pumping bullets into two Indian engineers, has pleaded guilty to murder.
Adam Purinton, 52, faces life in prison for opening fire in Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas on Feb. 22, 2017 — killing a man who’d stopped in to enjoy some after-work drinks with a friend.
Prosecutors said that Purinton verbally harassed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and his chum Alok Madasani, both 32-year-olds who had come to the U.S. as students and worked at nearby GPS-maker Garmin.
Purinton was kicked out of the bar for the derogatory comments but returned a short time later with a 9mm to unleash a fusilade that killed Kuchibhotla and wounded his friend.
Another man, Ian Grillot, 24, was shot in the hand and chest when he tried to intervene.
The survivors of the attack were not in the courtroom Tuesday, as the Navy veteran entered his guilty plea, the Kansas City Star reported.
Kuchibhotla’s widow was not at the hearing either but issued a statement saying she hoped the guilty plea would “send a strong message that hate is never acceptable.”
“We must understand and love one another,” Sunayana Dumala said.
Around the time of the murder, officials in India expressed concerns about their citizens safety in the U.S.
Madasani told detectives the gunman had asked the men if their “status was legal” and witnesses said he yelled “get out of my country” before opening fire.
After the shooting, Purinton drove 70 miles to an Applebees in Missouri where he boasted about the killings to a bartender, who called the cops.
Neighbors in his Kansas City suburb told the Associated Press he’d become “a drunken mess” after his father’s death, about two years before the shooting — and that the incident was likely brought on by his deteriorating mental health rather than racism.
In addition to the first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in Johnson County, Purinton faces federal hate crime charges — to which he pleaded not guilty in November.
Federal prosecutors have not yet determined whether to seek the death penalty.
With Post wires