- Donald Trump has not directly condemned the Kansas shooting incident
- Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar is on a 4-day visit to the US
- The FBI has joined the local agencies to investigate the murder
Mr Spicer referred to the incident while giving a statement about the alleged hate crime incidents against the Jewish community in the United States. The press secretary said that there is no space for violence based on religion and ethnicity.
"From our country's founding, we've been dedicated to protecting the freedom of our citizens' rights to worship. No one in America should feel afraid to follow the religion of their choosing freely and openly. The President has dedicated to preserving this originating principle of our nation," Mr Spicer said.
"And while we're at it, I don't want to get ahead of law enforcement, but I was asked the other day about the story in Kansas, the shooting in Kansas. While the story is evolving, early reports out of Kansas are equally disturbing," the White House press secretary said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined local law enforcement agencies to investigate the incident that has shocked the Indian-American community and has affected prospective students and employees.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, both aged 32, were shot at by 51-year old US navy veteran Adam Purinton who also racially abused them. The incident led to the death of Kuchibhotla while Madasani was injured. A US citizen Ian Grillot tried to intervene and received injuries in the firing in Austin Bar and Grill in Kansas last Wednesday.
Trump must speak against this senseless act, not just condemn violence when it fits his agenda of fear mongering. https://t.co/cTsLG5aTm4- Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 28, 2017
(with inputs from Agencies)