Telangana student shot dead in US

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jul 2018 08:34:07



Sharath Koppu was fatally shot in the back during a suspected attempted robbery at a restaurant where he worked as a part-time employee

A 25-YEAR-OLD Indian student was fatally shot in the back during a suspected attempted robbery at a restaurant where he worked in Kansas City in the US State of Missouri, according to authorities.

Kansas City police identified the victim as University of Missouri-Kansas City student Sharath Koppu, who was shot at on Friday evening at J’s Fish and Chicken Market near 54th and Prospect, where he worked as a part-time employee. He died shortly after being taken to a hospital.
Koppu from Telangana was a software engineer who came to the US in January to pursue his master’s degree.

“An Indian student became victim of shooting in Kansas City, Missouri. We are in contact with his family & police. We will provide all assistance. Our officers are also on the way to Kansas City (sic),” the Consulate General of India in Chicago tweeted on Saturday Kansas City police announced a USD 10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect and released a brief video of the suspect inside the restaurant moments before the shooting.

“Looking for this suspect in the robbery & murder of 25-year. 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),” police tweeted along with the brief video of the suspect.

Koppu’s cousin created a GoFundMe account in the victim’s name to pay for his body to be returned to India. The account raised USD 25,000 in three hours, The Kansas City Star reported. “He had the same dreams like everyone else, to make it BIG in the land of opportunity. He had a great sense of humour and always made people laugh and was always eager to lend a helping hand,” wrote the cousin, Raghu Chowdavaram, in the description of the GoFundMe account.

“Little did anybody know that life is about to take a big unfortunate turn on a fateful day of July 6th 2018.” People at a nearby motel said they heard five gunshots from the direction of the restaurant, the paper said.

On Saturday afternoon, the restaurant remained closed during normal business hours. A sticker on the front door announced surveillance cameras are in place, presumably as a means to deter crime, the paper said. A worker at the restaurant described to the paper 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 paper quoted the worker as saying.
Telangana to bring body of student killed in US: The Telangana Government will make arrangements to bring back the body of Sharath Koppu, a student who was shot dead by a suspected robber in the US, a State Minister said on Sunday.

Telangana’s Minister for NRI Affairs K.T. Rama Rao along with his cabinet colleagues Kadiam Srihari and T. Srinivas Yadav visited Koppu’s house at Ameerpet in Hyderabad on Sunday and consoled the family members.

Will provide all assistance to family of Indian killed in Kansas: Sushma: EXTERNAL Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday condoled the death of an Indian student during an attempted robbery in Kansas City in the US and assured all required assistance to the family of the deceased. “Kansas incident - My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. We will follow this up with the Police and provide all assistance to the family,” Swaraj tweeted.