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White House Says the Shooting of Two Indian Men in Kansas Was Likely ‘Racially Motivated’

Almost a full week after a 51-year-old bar-goer reportedly shouted "get out of my country" before murdering an Indian man, the White House denounced the act as likely "racially motivated hatred," according to Agence Presse-France.

"As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred," Sarah Sanders, a White House spokeswoman, told reporters, "we want to reiterate the president condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms. They have no place in our country."

Last Wednesday, Adam Purinton allegedly walked into Austin's Bar and Grill outside of Kansas City and opened fire at two Indian patrons. He then drove 70 miles to an Applebee's where he confessed to a bartender that he had "done something really bad" to some people he erroneously believed to be from Iran. He was arrested without incident at the restaurant after staff called the police.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old Indian engineer, died at the hospital that night. Purinton has since been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder for injuring Kuchibhotla's friend, Alok Madasani, and Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old who tried to intervene. The FBI announced Tuesday that it is investigating the Kansas bar shooting as a hate crime.

Madasani's parents have since warned other Indian parents not to send their children to the United States, saying the country is now dangerous for foreigners of color following Donald Trump's election. Trump campaigned on banning Muslims from entering the country, and soon after he took office, he issued an executive order that barred immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations.

Today's statement from the White House is the first time the administration acknowledged the attack since Friday, when press secretary Sean Spicer said that there was no correlation between the president's rhetoric and the shooting.

"Any loss of life is tragic," he said at the daily press conference. "But I'm not going to get into, like, that kind of––to suggest that there's any correlation, I think is a bit absurd."

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White Suspect Charged with Shooting Two Indian Men in a Kansas Bar

The FBI is investigating a Kansas bar shooting that left one Indian man dead and two others injured on Wednesday to determine if it was a possible hate crime, CNN reports.   

Adam Purinton, 51, was charged with murder after open firing on Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani—two Garmin employees originally from India—at a bar outside of Kansas City. Ian Grillot, a bar patron, reportedly tried to intervene, but was shot and later hospitalized along with Madasani. Kuchibhotla was shot and died in the hospital. 

"I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being," Grillot told KMBC. "It's not about where he's from or his ethnicity. We're all humans. So I just felt I did what was naturally right to do."

According to the Kansas City Star, at least one witness heard Purinton yell "get out of my country," before fleeing the scene on foot and trying to hide in a nearby Applebee's. Before the Applebee's employees called the police, he reportedly told a bartender he had killed two Middle Eastern men. 

At a news conference on Thursday, local law enforcement officers declined to comment on whether or not they believed the shooting was a hate crime. FBI special agent Eric Jackson said the bureau had joined on to try to figure out if Purinton was racially motivated or violated the victims' civil rights. 

"This was a violent crime and we want the best prosecution that relates to this because there are victims of this crime and we want the community to know that," Jackson said. "We're looking to make sure that the individual involved in this is held accountable for his actions."

According to NPR, Purinton has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted premeditated murder. He's currently being held at the Henry County Jail on $2 million bail. 

Crowdfunding Is the Only Way Americans Know How to Mourn After Engineer Is Killed by Terrorist

The United States can be a cruel place to live, as the rise of fascism in the country has caused a shocking increase in hate crimes. And after a terrorist shooting in Kansas, Americans have turned to what has now become a depressingly common ritual in the face of tragedy: Raising money for the survivors through…