A Kansas man who shot two Indian men on Feb. 22 reportedly revealed to a bartender why he did it: he thought they were Iranian.
Bartender Sam Suida, who works at Applebee's in Clinton, Missouri, called 911 and told police dispatchers that a man came into her bar and told her that he was hiding out after he did something "really bad," reports the BBC.
"He asked if he could stay with me and my husband, and he wouldn't tell me what he did," said Suida in a recording of the 911 call. "I kept asking him, and he said that he would tell me if I agreed to let him stay with me. Well, I finally got him to tell me and he said ... that he shot and killed two Iranian people in Olathe."
That person is believed to be Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old white man accused of opening fire on two 32-year-old Garmin engineers, Alok Madasani and Srinivas Kuchibholta, at a pub in Olathe, Kansas. Kuchibholta died, while Madasani survived. A third man, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, was wounded while trying to intervene.
Authorities charged Purinton on Feb. 27 with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The FBI is investigating to determine if he committed a hate crime.
Before opening fire, the suspect allegedly told the victims, "get out of my country." Madasani said that before pulling a gun on them, the man had asked the two engineers if they were in the U.S. legally.
"What happened that night was a senseless crime and that took away my best friend," Madasani said at a vigil for the victims on Feb. 26, according to The Kansas City Star.
The pair, who became friends in 2008, carpooled to work at the GPS company for six months daily while Madasani saved up to buy a car.
"Not even a single time did he express that this is getting tough," Madasani recalled. "He waited till I bought a car. That's the kind of guy he was -- is. I don't even want to use 'was' because we were friends for nine years and the memories are so fresh."
"One thing that I really wanted to emphasize is, the main reason why I am here is that's what my best friend, Srinivas, would have done," Madasani said. "He would have been here for me, and that's what I'm doing right now."