A Kansas man who’s been referred to as a hero for attempting to quit a deadly shooting final week mentioned he was "happy" to risk his life to save others and that he's grateful for how his community has united following the incident.
Ian Grillot, 24, intervened to stop a gunman who witnesses mentioned yelled "get out of my country" before shooting two Indian males in Olathe, Kansas last Wednesday, killing one.
Adam Purinton, a 51-year-old Navy veteran and former air website traffic controller, is getting charged with murder and attempted murder in the shooting that killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani, both 32-year-old employees of the technology enterprise Garmin.
Authorities are investigating if the shooting was a hate crime. Purinton is getting held on a $two million bond and is scheduled make his first court look on Monday.
“This is a extremely poor way of it taking place, but, I'm so grateful that it is really bringing the community together alternatively of driving them apart," Grillot stated in an interview posted on the University of Kansas Hospital's YouTube web page on Sunday. “It is such a beautiful issue. I appreciate it.
“I was much more than satisfied to danger my life to save the lives of other people,” Grillot mentioned. “I thank everyone for drawing together and supporting me and the other families impacted by this.”
Grillot mentioned he is recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and chest. He said he was “doing a lot far better,” but nevertheless sore and feeling the aftermath from “the bullet lodged in my ribs.”
Representative Kevin Yoder (R-Kan) attended the vigil and posted about it on his Instagram account, calling the incident a "good tragedy" and saying "thousands of concerned citizens came with each other to assistance one a different and the Indian neighborhood."
#OneOlathe I am so proud of the powerful Indian community we have in the Third District. Tonight, at the Let us Stand Collectively Prayer Vigil, thousands of of concerned citizens came together to help one a further and the Indian neighborhood in this time of excellent tragedy. I was in a position to take a look at with and encourage Alok Madasani, who survived the shooting final week. Amongst other items, we discussed his hope to get back to his favored sports quickly - including cricket. We also remembered the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who sadly passed final week, and the heroism of Ian Grillot, who is nonetheless in the hospital. Via prayer and thoughtful reflection, we focused on the unity of our community following this horrific attack. We ought to resolve to stand together to market tolerance and assistance the rich diversity that makes our neighborhood so strong.
A post shared by Kevin Yoder (@repkevinyoder) on Feb 26, 2017 at 8:09pm PST
He also urged persons to don't forget Kuchibhotla’s life as nicely as Grillot’s “heroism.”
Many of the vigil’s attendees, which includes Mike Johns of Olathe, mentioned they were there to rally for peace.
“This is not Selma, but this is close,” Johns told ABC affiliate KMBC on Sunday. “We’re marching, just like Dr. Martin Luther King [Jr.] did, for peace.“
ABC News' Devin Villacis and the Linked Press contributed to this report.
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