Man charged in triple shooting at Olathe bar and grill makes first court appearance

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OLATHE, Kan. --  The man charged with shooting three men at the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe will make his first appearance in court Monday.

Adam Purinton

Adam Purinton

Adam Purinton, 51, faces one count of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder in connection to the shooting. According to Steve Howe, JOCO DA, Purinton faces hard 50 on state charges.

The FBI is also helping gather evidence in the shooting because Kansas does not have a hate crime statute. If their agents can prove it’s a hate crime, Purinton could face federal charges that could carry the death penalty.

Federal investigators looking into deadly Austins Bar and Grill shooting as a possible hate crime

Purinton is currently being held in the Johnson County jail on a $2-million cash bond.

Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla – Alok Madasani – Ian Grillot. Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed.

Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla – Alok Madasani – Ian Grillot.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed.

Prosecutors claim Purinton opened fire inside Austin’s restaurant last Wednesday night, killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot.

Police arrested Purinton in Henry County, Mo., after he reportedly went into an Applebee’s restaurant there and allegedly confided to the bartender that he had been involved in a shooting. He was extradited back to Kansas on Friday.

Members of the Olathe community gathered for a prayer vigil Sunday night. Shooting victim Madasani spoke for the first time since the tragedy. Madasani explained how after he was shot, a customer named Brad took off his own shirt and pressed it against the wound to stop the bleeding and help his life. He also talked about the pain he feels from losing his best friends to such violence.

"What happened that night was a senseless crime that took away my best friend," Madasani said.

Since Monday marks Purinton’s first appearance in court, the charges will be entered into the record, bond will be officially set and an attorney will be appointed if he doesn’t already have one.

GoFundMe pages have been set up for each of the shooting victims:

Srinivas Kuchibhotla

Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani

Ian Grillot

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