CAPAC Chair Judy Chu’s Statement on Kansas Shooting

Feb 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last Wednesday, two Indian men were shot, one fatally, in Olathe, Kansas in what is currently being investigated as a possible hate crime. In response to the shooting and subsequent death of one victim, CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu released the following statement:

“I am heartbroken by the senseless shooting in Kansas that took the life of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injured Alok Madasani.  Although we are still awaiting additional facts from the ongoing investigation, I am deeply troubled by reports that the shooter yelled ‘get out of my country’ and harassed the victims with racial slurs before opening fire.

“Unfortunately, this attack is yet another example of the proven uptick in hateful violence targeting South Asian, Muslim, Sikh, and Middle Eastern communities that we have seen since November’s election. These abhorrent acts of violence are unacceptable and must end.

“My thoughts are with the families of Srinivas and Alok, as well as Ian Grillot, who was injured in his courageous attempt to stop the gunman. I call on President Trump to denounce this tragedy and to condemn other incidents of hate taking place across our country. I also urge the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate this incident as a hate crime. All people – regardless of race, religion, or national origin – deserve to feel safe and welcome in the United States.”

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The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) is comprised of Members of Congress of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and Members who have a strong dedication to promoting the well-being of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. Currently chaired by Congresswoman Judy Chu, CAPAC has been addressing the needs of the AAPI community in all areas of American life since it was founded in 1994.