He Was My New Best Friend: Ian Grillot

Kansas City: Talking about the shooting incident at a hotel here on Wednesday evening, Ian Grillot says the Indian he saved, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, is his new best friend.  It was supposed to be just another evening for Ian Grillot, who had walked into his favourite bar to unwind and catch the local basketball game.  Instead, the 24-year-old is now firmly in the spotlight after getting wounded while trying to save two Indians from gunfire.  As shots rang through the suburban Kansas City bar on Thursday, Grillot ducked behind a table and when he thought the gunman was out of bullets, he lunged at the man.

But as the Kansas City Star reported, the man had still one round left and shot Grillot through the arm and chest.  “I guess I miscounted,” Grillot said in a video released by the University of Kansas Health System, as reported by the newspaper.  Hours later, US prosecutors charged 51-year-old Adam Purinton with murder for an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, died while Alok Madasani, 32, and Grillot are hospitalised and are in stable condition. Alok has since been discharged after a surgery to remove the bullet.

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