Kansas

Witnesses say deadly Kansas shooting was racially motivated

  • This Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, photo provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Olathe, Kan., shows Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the Wednesday night shooting at a crowded bar in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. One man was killed and two were injured in the shooting. (Johnson County Sheriff's Office via AP)

    This Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, photo provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office in Olathe, Kan., shows Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the Wednesday night shooting at a crowded bar in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. One man was killed and two were injured in the shooting. (Johnson County Sheriff's Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jaganmohan Reddy, father of Alok Madasani, an engineer who was injured in the shooting Wednesday nighti n a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, speaks to the media at his residence in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The shooting of two Indians in the crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in investigation into the crime. The suspect, Adam Purinton, has been taken into custody and charged on Thursday with murder and attempted murder. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

    Jaganmohan Reddy, father of Alok Madasani, an engineer who was injured in the shooting Wednesday nighti n a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, speaks to the media at his residence in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The shooting of two Indians in the crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in investigation into the crime. The suspect, Adam Purinton, has been taken into custody and charged on Thursday with murder and attempted murder. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man shows a picture of Alok Madasani, an engineer who was injured in the shooting Wednesday night in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, on a mobile phone as Madasani's father Jaganmohan Reddy talks to the media at his residence in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The shooting of two Indians in the crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in investigation into the crime. The suspect, Adam Purinton, has been taken into custody and charged on Thursday with murder and attempted murder. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

    A man shows a picture of Alok Madasani, an engineer who was injured in the shooting Wednesday night in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, on a mobile phone as Madasani's father Jaganmohan Reddy talks to the media at his residence in Hyderabad, India, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. The shooting of two Indians in the crowded suburban Kansas City bar has sent shock waves through their hometowns, and India's government is rushing diplomats to monitor progress in investigation into the crime. The suspect, Adam Purinton, has been taken into custody and charged on Thursday with murder and attempted murder. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)  (The Associated Press)

A man accused of shooting two Indians in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, has been charged with murder and attempted murder.

Authorities repeatedly declined at a Thursday news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the case.

A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, said Adam Purinton used "racial slurs" before he started shooting Wednesday night as patrons were watching the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television.

Police say 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla died at an area hospital. They say 32-year-ol Alok Madasani and 24-year-old Ian Grillot were hospitalized and are in stable condition.