Indian student killed at a restaurant in Kansas City, US

The Hush Post: A 25-year-old student from India was shot dead inside a restaurant in Kansas City in Missouri in the United States on Friday evening.

The student, Sharath Koppu, belonged to Warangal in Telangana and was studying in the University of Missouri, Kansas City, after completing his engineering from Vasavi College of Engineering. He had moved to the US in January this year to pursue his master’s degree after leaving his job as a software engineer in Hyderabad.

A local newspaper, Kansas City Star, has reported that he was fatally shot in the back as he ran from a would-be robber at the restaurant where he worked, a man working at the restaurant said Saturday.

He was shot at about 7 pm on Friday at a restaurant owned by an Indian, J’s Fish and Chicken Market. Men at a nearby motel said they heard five gunshots from the direction of the restaurant.

The suspect as seen in CCTV footage.

The newspaper wrote: The worker at the restaurant didn’t wish to be named, but he described to The Star what he saw on extended surveillance footage that has not been made public.

The suspect, wearing a brown shirt with white stripes, demanded money and pulled out a gun. “He’s scared he’s going to die,” the man said of Koppu.

As people ducked or ran for cover around him, Koppu bolted directly away from the suspect, toward the back of the store.

“(Koppu) ran, so he shot him” in the back, the man said, shaking his head. He said Koppu didn’t know how to work the register.

Koppu died shortly after being taken to a hospital.

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