This Man Took a Bullet Trying to Save Two Indian Engineers

Ian Grillot said he did the right thing

Image: Video Screengrab/ The University of Kansas Hospital

Ian Grillot has been hailed a hero after he took a bullet trying to save two Indians from a shooting at a Kansas City bar. Adam Purinton, 51, shot at two Indian engineers working at GPS-maker Garmin, killing one in what is believed to be a racially-motivated attack. Bartender Garret Bohnen told the Kansas City Star that Grillot stood up for Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani and threw himself in the line of fire after Purington fired a shot directed at the two Indians, yelling, “Get out of my country”.

Grillot said that the bullet went through his hand and into his chest and just missed a major artery. Speaking from his hospital bed, he said, “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.”

Grillot said he hid till he believed the suspect’s gun was empty and then tried to stop the attacker. After he got behind the attacker, he was shot at. Purington is now in custody and has been charged for the crime.

“It was just, it wasn’t right, and I didn’t want the gentleman to potentially go after somebody else,” he told the Kansas City Star.

Madasani, one of the victims, came to visit Grillot in the hospital and put the “biggest smile on my (Grillot) face”. “It’s terrible what happened to his friend. But I think he was watching over us last night,” said Grillot.

A Gofundme page created for Grillot has raised more than $87,000.