Late in February, two immigrants from India, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, were drinking whiskey in Austins Bar and Grill when they were approached by Adam W. Purinton.
He asked the two men what visa they are currently on and whether they are staying here illegally. After a verbal confrontation, Mr. Purinton was kicked out of the bar.
A short time later, he came back in a rage and fired on the two men, the authorities said. Mr. Kuchibhotla was killed, and Mr. Madasani was wounded.
After the shooting began, another patron, Ian Grillot, 24, said he tried to count the shots while he hid under a table. Thinking the gunman had run out of ammunition, Mr. Grillot said, he confronted him, only to be shot in the hand and the chest.
Within minutes, an emergency dispatcher, in a transmission archived by the Broadcastify website, told officers, “We’re being advised the suspect’s name is Adam, and he’s a white male wearing a white shirt with military medals.”
Mr. Purinton was later arrested without incident at an Applebee’s in Clinton Mo. He was extradited to Kansas from Missouri on Friday, and he is charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.