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He Got Shot Stopping A Hate Crime, Now He's Getting Some Great News

In February of this year, 51-year-old Kansas man, Adam Purinton, decided he had had enough. Angry about immigration and Syrian refugees, the disgruntled man went to a local bar where two men, Srinivas Kuchibholtla and Alok Madasani, routinely grabbed drinks after work. Purinton began shouting racial slurs at the men, both of whom were of Indian descent. Another patron decided to stick up for them, and that's when things got even uglier.

Angry and defensive, Purinton pulled out his gun.

Kansas City Star

"Get out of my country," he said, before pulling the trigger.

Kuchibhotla was the first hit, Madasani was shot in that same initial barrage. The bar was packed with patrons watching the college basketball game, as soon as shots rang out everyone ducked for cover.

Except Ian Grillot.

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The 24-year-old was the one who tried standing up for the 2 men being harassed by Purinton. He wasn't going to stand for racism and he certainly wasn't going to let a hateful man murder people in cold blood.

Grillot counted the shots, waiting until he heard the 9th shot and charged at Purinton, assuming his magazine was empty.

"I got up and proceeded to chase him down, try to subdue him. I got behind him and he turned around and fired," Grillot told reporters from his hospital bed.

Hindustan Times

There were more bullets in Purinton's gun, and the shot went through Grillot's right hand and into his chest. Just missing a major artery.

The gunman fled but was apprehended by police hours later.

Kuchibhotla died in hospital, but Madasani and Grillot pulled through. A tragedy that could have been about hatred became a message of love and acceptance.

"It's not about where he was from or his ethnicity," Grillot said at the time. "We're all humans, so I just did what was right to do."

After they healed from their wounds both Madasani and Grillot were honored by the Kansas House of Representatives. That wasn't the only honor to be bestowed upon Grillot.

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India House Houston, a non-profit organization based out of Texas, presented a check for $100,000 to him. The chair of the group, Jiten Agarwal, spoke about Grillot's heroics.

"It's not every day that one meets a genuine hero," he said during the presentation. "(he) is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness."

While Grillot and Madasani represent America's bravery, Purinton represents nothing but hate and fear. He's now facing first degree murder charges as well as charges of attempted murder.

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