Sharath Koppu was a postgraduate student of software engineering at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
A 25-year-old Indian student died soon after being shot at inside a restaurant in Kansas City,
Missouri, on Friday evening. Indian authorities identified him as Sharath Koppu from Telangana. He was shot
at during a suspected robbery attempt, police said.
Koppu was a postgraduate student of software engineering at the University of Missouri Kansas City, and
worked at the restaurant part-time.
A worker at the restaurant told The Kansas City Star that while others ducked for cover, Koppu ran away
from the suspect toward the back of the store, and so he was shot in the back. Two other witnesses, who were
in a nearby motel, said they had heard five gunshots. The incident took place around 7 pm local time
Police have released a video clip of a suspect inside the restaurant before the shooting and have asked for
citizens’ help in identifying him. They announced a reward of $10,000 for providing information about
the suspect. The number of people involved is not clear yet.
“We immediately rendered aid in regard to the injuries,” Captain Lionel Colon of the local police department
told The Kansas City Star. “Once the fire department arrived, they transported him to a
nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.”
In May, a Kansas man was sentenced to life for shooting dead Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in
February 2017. Adam Purinton reportedly yelled “get out of my country” before fatally shooting
Kuchibhotla at a bar.