Mysuru student’s killer surrenders to US Police

Mysuru student’s killer surrenders to US Police

December 1, 2019

Mysuru: The man suspected to have shot dead 25-year-old Abhishek Sudhesh Bhat from Mysuru in a motel in San Bernardino, California, USA, has surrendered before the Police in that country on Nov. 30. The accused is  45-year-old Eric Devon Turner, a resident of San Bernardino. 

Abhishek, a resident of Kuvempunagar in city, was pursuing his Master’s in Computer Science at California State University in San Bernardino. He was shot dead inside the motel where he was working part-time. His parents Sudhesh Chand and Nandini Aithal reside at Kuvempunagar in Mysuru. 

A press statement from Sgt. Echevarria issued by Sgt. Tello of San Bernardino Police Department stated, “San Bernardino Police are conducting a homicide investigation following a shooting on the afternoon of Thursday, 28-11-2019. Officers responded to the 100 Block of South E. Street at around 12:37 pm after a caller reported a shooting.” “When officers arrived they found the victim down on the property suffering from a gunshot wound. Sudhesh was pronounced at the scene. The suspect Eric Devon Turner had fled on foot. The motive for the shooting is under investigation. The suspect was identified and turned himself into authorities on Saturday, 30-11-2019. No additional information is available for release at this time,” the press release stated. 

Reports said that the incident happened when Abhishek was preparing to leave the motel. Abhishek was waiting for Eric Devon Turner, a customer of the motel, to leave the place. When he repeatedly delayed his departure, Abhishek politely requested him to leave as it was time to close. 

But an adamant Turner refused and took out a gun from his leather jacket. Without any warning, Turner shot Abhishek at point-blank range. Abhishek collapsed on the spot and died. The incident has been captured by CCTV cameras at the motel.  

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Abhishek’s body was shifted to a local hospital. Family sources said the post-mortem would be done only after Wednesday. The hospital conducts only two post-mortems per day and Abhishek’s body is ninth in the waiting list.  Cremation will be held in California itself and Abhishek’s family will be going there.

The US authorities are not allowing anyone, including Abhishek’s relatives in the US to see the body. The family will be allowed to see the body only at the crematorium, sources added.

6 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Mysuru student’s killer surrenders to US Police”

  1. swamy says:

    May hsi sour rest in peace.
    Parents don’t think and send their kids for higher studies and they don’t know where they are sending their kids. That area where Abhishek was killed is one of dangerous area filled with criminals. It is better to stay back in India rather than go to US and get killed.

  2. Anti-immigrant rhetoric has come to the fore since president Donald Trump took office in January 2017, and hate crimes in the US are on the rise. Social-justice advocacy group South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) documented 302 incidents of hate violence and xenophobic political rhetoric aimed at south Asian, Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Middle Eastern, and Arab communities in the US—a more than 45% increase from the year leading up to the 2016 election cycle. The wave of violence reached “heights not seen since the year after the attacks of September 11, 2001,” the organisation said in a report from early 2018

    Families of immigrants back home in India are definitely perturbed. “The situation seems to be pretty bad after Trump took over,” said Madasani Jaganmohan Reddy, father of Kansas shooting survivor Alok. “I appeal to all the parents in India not to send their children to the US in the present’. It is high time the Indian Government gets in touch with the Trump regime on the increasing life risk being faced by our students to provide them adequate security in future.

  3. strangeworld says:

    @Chakravarthy. Trump is reacting to his voters who see immigrants coming and taking the jobs. You cannot blame him protect the jobs for his countrymen. Even Obama put impediments in a subtle way,nicely smiling. India produces literally a massive number of engineering and computer science graduates by allowing the rise of thousands of engineering colleges , and has put in no plan to provide jobs for them. The smiling selfie likng Modi with leaders,demands more visas for the above with an attempt to dump the above massive numbers on Western countries like the US.
    Look at the facts. Blamehim,rather than blaming a Western leader.
    This student’s death is sad news. But, any job which entails part-time work in the US,which requires evening or night management in motels which are often not have resident security personnel ( unlike a hotel) as they offer cheap accommodation, being located in the vicinity of expressways or in the outskirts of a city, has a huge amount of risk. Armed robbers, focus on these motels as they are the weakest links. Many Indian-origin motel owners too have been killed resisting such robbery attempts.
    US constitution empowers its citizens to carry fire arms,and a semi automatic gun not difficult to purchase in states where minimal checks are routine, and of course ,with many millions of such illegal firearms floating about, they can be purchased with a few tens of dollars.
    This place has a high crime rate, but most cities in towns in the US have crime rates which are unacceptable elsewhere in the civilised western world. I have seen concealed firearms carried by university students too for own protection supposedly. Not long ago, the acting chair of a department in a university was shot dead by one of his own professorial staff-a non-tenured professor who did not get his tenure. We have heard many incidences in US of school teachers and children targeted for massacre by a disgruntled person connected to the school. Disputes in US are often settled by a gun fire! In the socalled rich US, there is a mass of under class black poor, unemployed with no skills, for whom the American Dream has not worked. They are undercut in lower paid jobs by Hispanics. The result is mass unemployed blacks who take to violent crime against the failed society.
    Itis no longer the US of 1960s where students from India can get well-paid part-time jobs while studying. As it always happens in India,a misunderstanding what US is like,not a country where streets are paved with gold. That was never a fact.
    It is not the question of parents who in most families not rich who opt to send their sons to US,but it is the student himself who graduated in computer science opting to go, hearing the stories of software engineering rich ‘who made it’ in the US’. Often these stories are not what they are,
    Hence,students landin the US, after showing a borrowed bank balance : which disappears soon, once the visa is secured,find it difficult to sustain themselves,andaftera time seek jobs such as working in the motel counters in evening shifts, when armed robbery is likely.
    The lesson:best forthe student to stay in his nativecity in India,and look for chances. The welcoming and rich US is allbut gone.

  4. Samir says:

    It is a horrific tragedy and my sincere condolences to the family ! It should be condemned with no uncertain terms and police in US are capable of handling it very well but then, they too have courts, secularists, terror sympathizers and apologists who make their livelihood based on minority appeasement! It should not happen to anybody, even your worst enemies!
    Having said that, some people in this comments section take a higher place to either criticize Modi or Trumph ! Even some people dole an advice that students shoukd stay in India and take their chances! Every year 7 million people immigrate to US looking for a job, career or better life! Once we hear o e or two got killed we seem to draw the conclusion ! Compared to this, how many people die every day on Bangalore roads? What about all the major cities in India! Any one of us can die anywhere! Yes, nobody says you should go to Pakistan for a job! THAT can be suicidal! Also, for 70 years socialism killed this nation! Only government, public sector and banks were considered good employment ! Private sector flourished by bribing! People who went to US or abroad were not morons, they were brilliant and optimistic people who had lost hope in india! Where ever you go you could see corruption and reservation Ruling the show!
    Also, other trend I an observing is, people who went abroad 25 plus years have no chance of survival in the competition from the youngsters who have lot more technical skills! So, their frustration about tgeir own incompetance makes then lament like this and discourage anybody who might be a potential competition!
    Staying back in India and take your chances for what? Be unemployed and eat in India canteen? You can’t make Sampras because it is beneath your dignity! Self respect was never a criteria! Begging was always considered better than earning your own living!

  5. What a culture! says:

    @samit total nonsense. these youngsters are mere code writers. those who went 25 years ago have become VPs of companies and are millionaires now. They are well settled. You do not seem to know much about the US and the West. Henc, do not prattle nonsense.

  6. strangeworld says:

    Samit, you are so ignorant. 25 years ago, US was a better place, and those who emigrated there then are now well established, and hence, your nonsensical observation of technical skills and competition are not relevant. Do you know, those who went 25 years ago, created technologies and software approaches in design which today youngsters use. These people are in very high positions as professors and senior managers,


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