NRI:Student Pulluri Sashanka shot at in Murfreesboro, USA


Another AP student attacked in the US

By Sitarama Seshu in Hyderabad

REELING under the shock of a series of attacks on students from Andhra Pradesh, the state of Andhra Pradesh woke up to yet another shocker from the US. A 22- year- old student from Hanamkonda was shot at in his apartment at Murfreesboro in Middle Tennessee on Saturday.

Pulluri Sashanka is struggling for life at the Nashville Hospitals with two critical bullet wounds on his hand and stomach. A native of

Warangal district in Telangana, Sashanka went to the US in August 2006 to pursue his MBA from the Middle Tennessee state university.

He did his BTech before leaving for the US. “ We learnt from Sashanka’s friends that four of them had returned to the apartment from college. But Sashanka went out again to get his books from the car when a group of African- Americans shot at him and fled from the spot,” the boy’s father P. Sudhakar said on Sunday.

Braving the injuries on his stomach and hands, Sashanka reached his friends, who alerted the police and medical staff. The motive behind the shooting is not known.

Doctors performed an operation to remove the bullets, sources said. “ We have been kept in the dark by the US authorities.

Why did they take nearly 24 hours to pass on information to the parents? The hospital authorities are also refusing to give details,” said one of the relatives. The family members are complaining that even Sashanka’s friends were not allowed inside the hospital to know his condition.

The boy’s close friends, Sunil and Imran, who are camping at the hospital, are in constant touch with his family members.

Sudhakar is getting ready to fly to the US. The district superintendent of police V. C. Sajjanar called on the family at their residence in Hanamkonda and extended his support to obtain a passport and visa as early as possible. The SP also spoke to US embassy officials and urged them to issue the passport to Sudhakar immediately.

The family urged the Andhra Pradesh government to inquire about his condition and ensure that he gets the necessary medical treatment.

The attack on the student came close on the heels of murder of a student, who hailed from Hyderabad, in the US. Arpana Jinaga, 24, who was working as a software engineer in EMC Corporation in Seattle, was found murdered in her apartment in Redmond, a suburb of Seattle, early this month.

She was the sixth student from Andhra Pradesh to be killed under mysterious circumstances in the US, in less than a year.

The series of killings has the families of students worried.

MTSU Police: Student shot off campus

Victim ‘raised his hands up at me and made a crying sound,’ neighbor says

By MARK BELL • Gannett Tennessee • November 17, 2008

UPDATE: 1 P.M.

A 23-year-old MTSU student was shot in the back by a stranger as he walked from the parking lot to his College Point apartment late Friday, he told police shortly after being shot.

Shashanka Pulluru, a master’s candidate majoring in business at the university, is listed as a no information patient at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, according to a Vanderbilt public affairs spokeswoman. He was transferred to the hospital around midnight Friday from Middle Tennessee Medical Center.

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When police arrived at the scene of the shooting around 11 p.m. they were approached by Pulluru’s neighbor, Stephanie Smotherman. She guided police to the living room of Pulluru’s apartment, where he was bleeding but coherent.

Pulluru told Murfreesboro Police Officer Sam Day that after arriving at his apartment he was approached by a group of men.

“The victim stated that he was shot from behind and then the male subjects fled the parking lot,” Day reported. “He appeared to have a gunshot wound to his abdomen.”

No motive for the shooting is known, according to Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle Evans.

Smotherman, who lives across from Pulluru, said she was watching television on the night of the incident and had her door open when she heard gunshot.

“I ran to the door and saw (Pulluru) walking right in front of the door across the way from me,” she said. “He raised his hands up at me and made a crying sound and closed the door. I called 911 right away.”

She didn’t see the shooter, she added.

“It was just really weird,” she said. “I went to the door a second after I heard the gunshot and nobody else was out there.”

Smotherman said Pulluru lives in the apartment with a group of roommates.

Detective Sgt. Joel Davis and Detective Richard Presley are investigating the shooting.

EARLIER

MTSU Police confirmed Sunday night that an MTSU student was shot over the weekend at an off-campus apartment.

Murfreesboro Police Department is investigating the incident, according to MTSU Police. MPD officials could not be reached late Sunday for comment.