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Ian Grillot received a check from India House Houston trustee Charlie Yalamanchili (far left) and India House gala chair Jiten Agarwal (far right) alongside Indian Ambassador to the United States Navtej Sarna.

A 24-year-old from Kansas received a $100,000 check from a Houston-based Indian-American nonprofit for his role in a racially motivated attack in Olathe, Kansas, last February.

Ian Grillot was at a bar when a gunman opened fire on two Indian-Americans after asking them if they were in the U.S. illegally (they were not). Both Indian-American men were shot; one, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, a 32-year-old engineer for GPS company Garmin, was killed. Grillot sprung to action, thinking the shooter was out of bullets and hoping to apprehend him, but had miscalculated and was shot in the hand and chest.

"It is not every day that one meets a genuine hero — a person who risks his life for another, and takes a bullet for a complete stranger. Ian Grillot is a man who reminds us of the promise of America and its greatness," said Jiten Agarwal, Chair of India House Houston's annual gala. Grillot was the guest of honor at the gala on March 25, where India House presented him with a check for $100,000 toward a new house.  

"I don't know if I could've lived with myself if I wouldn't have stopped or attempted to stop the shooter because that would've been completely devastating," Grillot said at the gala. "I now have a very powerful message and if I can help empower people and spread hope and love, then why not?"

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