Man pleads guilty in deadly Olathe bar shooting; still faces hate crime charges

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Adam Purinton of Olathe, Kan., appears in District Court Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Olathe, Kan. Purinton, 51, is jailed in Johnson County, Kansas, on $2 million bond on murder and attempted murder charges in the Feb. 22 shooting at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe. The shooting killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded his friend, Alok Madasani. The FBI is investigating the shooting as a hate crime. (Tammy Ljungblad /The Kansas City Star via AP, Pool)

OLATHE — A man charged with killing an Indian national and wounding another in a shooting last year at a suburban Kansas City bar has pleaded guilty to premeditated first-degree murder.

Adam Purinton also pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of attempted premeditated murder.

A family member waits for the arrival of the body of Srinivas Kuchibhotla from the US next to a garland and photograph in his residence on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP Photo /Mahesh Kumar A.)

Witnesses said Purinton, who is white, yelled “get out of my country” before shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas.

Kuchibhotla died in the shooting on Feb. 22, 2017. Madasani was injured. Another man, Ian Grillot, was wounded when he tried to intervene.

The shooting raised fears of more attacks on immigrants following President Donald Trump’s election. Officials in India also expressed concern about their citizens’ safety in the United States, where many work in technology and other industries.

Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked as engineers at GPS-maker Garmin.

Purinton will be sentenced on May 4. He still faces federal hate crime charges.

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