Student from Telangana shot dead in US
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Student from Telangana shot dead in US

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A 25-year-old student from Telangana has been shot dead by an unidentified person at a restaurant in Kansas City, in the US State of Missouri on Friday evening.

The student Sharath Kopuu, a native of Warangal was pursuing his Masters Degree (M.S) at the University of Missouri in Kansas.

Reports reaching here said that the incident took place at around 1900 hours (Local time) at J's Fish and Chicken Market on Prospect Avenue. The miscreant fired five rounds on Sharath. He was immediately shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.

Sharath friends informed his family over phone on Saturday about the incident. The motive behind the killing and other details were not known.

Sharath, after completing his engineering, was employed in a software firm here before moving to US to do M.S.

Kansas City Police who had released the video of unidentified person said, ''Looking for this suspect in the robbery & murder of 25-y.o. 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)''.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chadrasekha Rao expressed shock over the death of Sharath and expressed his condolences.

Telangana Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, IT and Industry Minister K T Rama Rao, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav visited the house of Sharath Kumar at Ameerpet here on Sunday and assured all possible help to the family members.

They also expressed their heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members.

Sushma speaks to father of Telangana student shot in US

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday spoke to the father of 26-year-old student from Telangana Sharath Koppula, who was shot at a restaurant in Kansas City in the US and assured help.

"Kansas incident - I have spoken to Sharath's father Ram Mohan Reddy in Hyderabad to convey our heartfelt condolences. We have offered that in case a family member wishes to go to Kansas, we will facilitate the US Visa. Else we will bring the mortal remains at the earliest," Ms Swaraj tweeted.

The deceased's father Reddy has sought help from External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Telangana’s NRI Minister K.T. Rama Rao to bring the body home.

For her part, Ms Swaraj later tweeted that the Government of India will do a follow up on the matter and she also directed India's envoy in the United States Navtej Sarna to do the needful.

India's Consulate General's office in Chicago also tweeted saying: "Deepest condolences to the family of K Sharath who was victim of a shooting in Kansas City Missouri. Consulate officials are on the way. We will provide all assistance".

Sharath Koppula, a student at University of Missouri, received bullet injuries on Friday night after a man opened fire at him at a market place at Missouri in US. Koppula was later declared dead. (UNI)

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