- Sharath Koppu killed in Kansas City restaurant during robbery
- Witnesses say Sharath was shot in the back trying to run from robber
- Had moved to the US earlier this year to pursue a master's degree
Sharath Koppu, the Indian student killed in a shooting in the US, tried to run away from an armed robber when he was shot in the back, witnesses at the restaurant where he worked, told NDTV.
"There were five people working in the restaurant on Friday evening when the suspect walked in. He pushed a customer standing in front of him and pulled out a gun. The others ducked behind the counter but Sharath turned around and began to run in the opposite direction when the gunman opened fire. Sharath was shot in the back and soon fell to the ground," Shahid, who runs J's Fish and Chicken Market and saw the CCTV footage from the incident, said.
The Kansas City Police Department has released a brief clip from the footage, seeking help in identifying and catching the suspect. The man is seen in a brown-and-white striped t-shirt moments before the shooting in the video.
Another employee at the restaurant who requested not to be named said, "There were three customers too and we all ducked for cover. We heard three-four shots and Sharath was shot in the back. The gunman soon escaped and we then called 911."
The police have asked anyone with information to call on 816-234-5043 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-8477. They are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to charges in the murder.
The staff at the restaurant remember Sharath Koppu as warm, cheerful and someone always willing to lend a helping hand.
Sharath was from Telangana's Warangal district and graduated from an engineering college. He had moved to the US for a master's degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City earlier this year after leaving his job as a software engineer in Hyderabad.