White House calls Kansas shooting racist

Image copyright Kranti Shalia via AP Image caption Srinivas, left, pictured with his friend Alok and wife Sunayana Dumala

A shooting in Kansas that killed one Indian man and wounded another was an "act of racially motivated hatred", the White House has said.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla died from his injuries after a man opened fire in a bar last week. Witnesses said the attacker shouted racist abuse.

Hundreds attended 32-year-old Mr Kuchibhotla's cremation in Hyderabad, southern India, on Tuesday.

The FBI is investigating the crime as a hate crime, it has now confirmed.

India mourns 'kind soul' shot in Kansas

"As more facts come to light and it begins to look like this was an act of racially motivated hatred, we want to reiterate that the president condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks in the strongest terms," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

A third man who suffered bullet wounds in the shooting has called on President Donald Trump to raise the subject of hate crime in his speech to Congress on Tuesday night.

"I think it should be addressed because there's a lot of people in mourning," said Ian Grillot.

A man has been charged with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder.


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