US Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi calls Kansas attack an assault on sense of security

Raja Krishnamoorthi, the US representative for Illinois’s 8th congressional district, has called the Kansas attack an assault on the sense of security of all persons of colour in the country.

"This was an attack not only on the victims but on the sense of security of Indians, Indian-Americans, and millions of other people of colour across the nation," Krishnamoorthi said in a statement in response to reports that the shooting in Olathe, Kansas, was specifically motivated by the race of two of the victims.

Raja Krishnamoorthi (left) and Srinivas Kuchibhotla
Raja Krishnamoorthi (left) and Srinivas Kuchibhotla

The shooting at a Kansas pub, in which a 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla from Hyderabad became a victim of hate crime, has moved people across the borders.

Another Indian man and an American were also injured in the apparent racially motivated hate crime.

As per the witnesses present, the attacker yelled racial slurs – ‘get out of my country’ at the two Indian victims.

The democratic lawmaker further said, “Along with so many throughout the world, I have always believed in the American Dream of our country as a place where regardless of where you come from, the colour of your skin, or how you pray, you can build a better life. This shooting was a brutal, racial attack on two men, and on the fundamental values of our nation. It follows a spate of hate-motivated attacks on others in this country.”

The two Indian victims had come to the United States to pursue their educations, to live, and to work, Krishnamoorthi added.