The Hindu – Tragedy strikes Indians in Kansas

The hero who tried to stop Kansas shooter

Houston, 25 February 2017. ‘We’re all humans, so I just did what was right to do and I didn’t want him to potentially go after somebody else’

A 24-year-old American, who is being hailed as a hero for trying to stop a shooter who killed an Indian in Kansas City, said it was “actually the right thing to do”.

Hid behind a table

Ian Grillot hid behind a table when the 51-year-old gunman, Adam Purinton, started shooting, while hurling racial slurs following an altercation at Austins Bar and Grill, killing an Indian techie and critically injuring another.

He counted the gunshots and when he thought the shooter was out of bullets, he jumped up to stop him but Purinton still had one round left, which he used to shoot him. The bullet went through Mr. Grillot’s hand and into his chest.

“I guess I miscounted,” Mr. Grillot said in an interview from his hospital room, in a video released by the University of Kansas Health System.

“I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him… I got behind him and he turned around and fired a round at me,” he said.

“I was doing what I should have done for another human being. It’s not about where he [victim] was from or his ethnicity. We’re all humans, so I just did what was right to do and I didn’t want the gentleman to potentially go after somebody else,” Mr. Grillot said.

Alok’s wife pregnant

Mr Grillot said he had learnt that the wife of Alok Madasani, the other Indian is five months pregnant and that he considers the engineer his new best friend, according to a Kansas City Star report.

“He came in here today and it was the greatest thing. I can’t even describe it, coming to find his wife is five months pregnant. Something was guiding me to do what I did.

Somebody was watching over me. I’m just very grateful that one of the gentlemen is fine and alive. It’s terrible what happened to his friend. But I think he was watching over us last night,” Mr. Grillot said.

Happy to see him

He said he hopes the two can spend some time together when he gets out of hospital. “I don’t think it’s going to be at the bar, though,” he said.

“It just put the biggest smile on my face,” Mr. Grillot said when he saw Mr. Madasani earlier in the day.

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