OLATHE, Kan. — The wife of the man who was shot and killed at an Olathe bar and grill spoke at a news conference Friday at Garmin, where her husband and one of the other shooting victims worked.
Sunayana Dumala was the first to speak during the news conference. Her husband, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, was one of the three men shot at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe Wednesday night. Kuchibhotla died from his injuries.
She said, “The man who did this has taken a very lovable soul from everyone. His family, my family, we are in grief.”
FOX 4’s Megan Dillard, who was at the news conference, says there were lots of personal stories shared of the men. His wife even shared how they met. Megan Dillard will have more from her on FOX 4 news at 5 and 6 p.m.
Alok Madasani, who was also shot outside of Austins Bar and Grill, was sitting near Kuchibhotla’s wife at the news conference. Senior vice presidents and family members of Kuchibhotla were also present.
Flags on the Olathe Garmin campus were being flown at half-staff Friday in remembrance of Kuchibhotla.
The man accused in the shooting was transported back to Johnson County Friday morning and is awaiting his first court appearance.
According to the Johnson County Sheriff’s office, Adam Purinton , 51, has officially been booked into the Johnson County Jail.
Purinton was charged with one count of premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of premeditated attempted murder related to the shooting.
According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson County picked up Purinton just after 9 a.m. Friday at the Henry County Jail. He was arrested early Thursday morning in Clinton, 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.
Purinton is expected to make his first appearance Friday, Feb. 27 at 1:30 p.m.
He is currently being held on a $2-million cash bond.
The FBI got involved in the investigation after witnesses and victims’ family members claimed suspect Adam Purinton used racial slurs before shooting Kuchibhotla and Madasani.
A third bargoer, Ian Grillot, was also shot when he tried to intervene. Grillot is in stable condition at KU Hospital and is expected to recover.
FBI agent Michael Tabman believes if investigators can prove Purinton acted with malice or forethought, “I believe it carries the death penalty and I think they will go for it,” he said.
Governor Brownback and Lieutenant Governor Colyer issued the following statements on the shooting:
Governor Sam Brownback – “The friends and family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla are in our prayers, and we hope for a speedy recovery for the other two men who were shot. This sort of senseless violence is never acceptable, and law enforcement here in Kansas will continue to thoroughly investigate this crime.”
Lieutenant Governor Jeff Colyer – “We’ll continue praying for the loved ones of the men who were shot yesterday, for Alok Madasani and Ian Grillot, and especially for the friends and family of Srinivas Kuchibhotla.”
India’s Minister of External affairs tweeted Thursday night that she recently spoke with the family of the man killed during the triple shooting, and she plans to help the family transport his body back to India. Read more.
Austins Bar and Grill is expected to reopen Saturday. They issued the following statement on their Facebook page Thursday:
We want to express our empathy for the victims and families of this tragic event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims.
We are so sorry that this happened on our premises. We have never experienced any sort of tragedy like this in our 30 years. For all of our loyal friends and patrons, we want to thank you for your ongoing support.
We will be working diligently doing anything we can to support and help the parties that were involved. We will also be giving our staff and patrons the needed time to process the event, so our 151st street location will reopen on Saturday.
Austins Bar & Grill
GoFundMe pages have been set up for each of the shooting victims: