Indian MS student Sharath Koppu dies in Kansas shooting incident

Kansas shooting incident : A 25-year-old Indian student named Sharath Koppu was shot dead by unknown persons at the J’s Fish and Chicken Market restaurant in Kansas City on Friday evening.

Kansas Shooting Incident Leaves Sharath Koppu, an Indian Student Dead

The Kansas City police have released a video believed to have captured the movements of an unidentified suspect in the Sharath Koppu murder case.

Sharath Koppu was studying on scholarship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and it is likely that he was shot at in an attempted robbery. According to reports on the Kansas shooting incident, Sharath Koppu was working at the J’s Fish and Chicken Market restaurant, located at 5412 Prosepct Ave.

The suspect shown in the video is a young, thin black man.

Sharath Koppu, who hails from Warangal in the South Indian state of Telangana, had been hit by five bullets. Despite being rushed to a nearby hospital, the Indian student couldn’t survive.

Sharath Koppu, the victim of Kansas shooting incident

Sharath Koppu, the victim of Kansas shooting incident

More details emerging from the Kansas shooting incident suggest that Sharath Koppu did the mistake of running in the opposite direction to the gunman while the other restaurant staffers saved themselves by ducking behind the counter.

Kansas City Police tweeted: “Looking for this suspect in the robbery & murder of 25-y.o. Sharath Kopuu at 5412 Prospect last night. Sharath was from India and is a student at UMKC. $10,000 reward for info leading to charges in this (& every KCMO murder).”

Sharath Koppu studied Computer Science and Engineering at the Vasavi College of Engineering near Hyderabad. Before moving to the US for further education, Sharath Koppu had worked as a software engineer at Pegasystems Worldwide India.

Back in India, Sharath Koppu’s father Ram Mohan, an employee of BSNL, has urged Telangana NRI Minister KT Rama Rao and India Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in bringing the body home.

The latest Kansas shooting incident follows the February 2017 murder of another Telangana techie, named Srinivas Kuchibhotla (32) at a bar in Kansas City. While the Sharath Koppu murder case seems to be more of a robbery attempt, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was a victim of racially motivated hate crime committed by Adam W. Purinton, US Navy veteran.

Kansas Shooting Incident Video


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