February 28, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson in Media Interviews

OLATHE, [KS]--A national terrorism expert said Tuesday that federal authorities are following the right path by investigating the Olathe shooting as a hate crime, but he said last week’s deadly attack does not appear to be an act of domestic terrorism. “I would shy away from terrorism, because you’ve got to have more of a social or political objective behind doing it,” said Daryl Johnson, a former senior analyst with the Department of Homeland Security. “The FBI defines terrorism very specifically, and that is the big question for us — what is the motivation for this? This seems to be spontaneous. He saw two people of color that he didn’t like…This guy is a garden-variety racist.” The attack, Johnson said, “speaks to the Islamophobic environment that we’re in right now.” “Even though these men were Indian,” he said, “I’m sure he thought they were Muslims.” The FBI announced Tuesday that it is investigating the triple shooting at Austins Bar & Grill as a hate crime, and hours later, a spokeswoman for President Donald Trump condemned the shooting as an “act of racially motivated hatred.” Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, an engineer at Garmin, was killed in the attack. His friend and fellow engineer, Alok Madasani, 32, and bar patron Ian Grillot, 24, were injured. Adam W. Purinton, 51, of Olathe is charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He is in the Johnson County Jail on $2 million bond. Purinton allegedly told his victims, two of whom were from India, to “get out of my country.” Johnson said the quest for a universal and accurate definition of terrorism is challenging because there’s a disconnect between the technical definition of terrorism and what the public considers to be terrorism. That can lead to heated debates when an act of mass violence occurs and people begin calling for the terrorism label to be immediately applied. View More>>

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