Advocacy group Sikh Coalition has appealed to every Sikh-American to exercise extra vigilance and caution during this period of heightened vulnerability.
A Sikh civil rights group has appealed to members of the Sikh-American community in the United States to be extra vigilant in the wake of a possible hate crime in Kansas City that left one Indian engineer dead and another injured.
The Sikh Coalition said its prayers go out to the family of 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was killed when 51-year-old Olathe resident Adam Purinton shot him at a bar in the city on Wednesday.
WHAT THE SIKH GROUP SAID
The advocacy group urged “every Sikh-American to exercise extra vigilance and caution during this period of heightened vulnerability.”
It urged members of the community to call up law enforcement agencies immediately if they had been a victim of hate violence or had received threats of violence.
Kuchibhotla worked in aviation systems for Olathe-based Garmin Ltd. Madasani was his co-worker at Garmin.
“It was a tragic and senseless act of violence”, Olathe Police Chief Steven Menke said in The Kansas City Star.
Another individual Ian Grillot, 24 was reportedly shot while attempting to stop Purinton.
Grillot said he was happy to see Madasani was recovering.
Following the shooting, Olathe residents went to the bar where the incident took place to lay flowers and offer condolences to the staff, patrons and victims’ families.
“You just can’t help but your heart goes out to them, and it’s such a sad story for the community but I just wanted to support and of course honour the lives of everybody involved”, nearby business owner Amber McCracken said in a report in KSHB Kansas City.
The shooting has shaken the tight-knit Indian community in Olathe, according to Shabina Kavimandan, who was among those laying flowers at the site.