A 26-year old student from Telangana was fatally shot at a restaurant at Kansas City in Missouri state during a suspected attempted robbery, authorities said on Saturday.
The man, later identified by Indian authorities as Sharath Koppu, was shot by unidentified persons at J’s Fish and Chicken Market on Prospect Avenue on Friday evening, Capt Lionel Colon of the local police department told The Kansas City Star.
“We immediately rendered aid in regard to the injuries. Once the fire department arrived, they transported him to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased,” Colon said, adding nobody was in custody for the crime.
Another police officer investigating the crime said it was believe to be a case of “attempted robbery” and hate crime was not being suspected as of now. Police refused to discuss details, saying it was an active investigation and releasing information could jeopardise the case.
Koppu’s death was confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the Indian consulate in Chicago. “Deepest condolences to the family of K Sharat who was victim of a shooting in Kansas City Missouri. Consulate officials are on the way. We will provide all assistance,” it tweeted.
Koppu hailed from Warangal district and was pursuing his masters in software engineering at the University of Missouri. He was said to be working part-time at the restaurant in Kansas City.