A week after the horrific shootout incident, Kansas hero Ian Grillot, who saved the life of Alok Madasani, said he is interested and planning to visit India in the near future.
Ian Grillot, hero of Kansas shootout, recovering from serious injuries caused by a bullet that pierced his hand and lodged in his chest, says what he did at Austins Bar & Grill in Kansas last Wednesday was what he’d have expected anyone to do.
The 24-year-old said: “Nobody deserves to be treated in that manner, my folks raised me teaching me that everybody is an equal…Everybody’s a human, let’s treat everybody as that. So I mean it was just, I felt I had no choice. I would just hope that somebody would do that for me,” Grillot told Hindustan Times in a special interview.
Grillot has got a hoarse voice as the bullet affected a branch of the nerve that serves the vocal chords. He also said, he had run into Kuchibhotla and Madasani in the past and often exchanged pleasantries with them as he was a “people person”.
“I knew a few Indians that I grew up with in high school…I don’t ever like to really look at it as an Indian or a Mexican or a white person or an Asian, whatever,” he added.
Besides hanging out with Madasani and share a “cold beer or two” after he recovers, Grillot also plans to visit India, a country that has long interested him.
“It’s the one place I always found very interesting growing up as a kid, the heritage and the culture. I’ve always wanted to take a journey there. I think I’ve found myself a good reason to go there now. So I’d definitely have to be making a trip there sometime in the near future,” he said.
Purinton, the shooter described the two Indians he attacked as people from the “Middle East” and “Iranians”. But Grillot insists there was no reason for the attack. “I understand he (Purinton) may have been going through a lot of personal things in his life but that does not give somebody the excuse to act in the manner that he did,” Grillot said.