Gay Man Gunned Down in NYC Street, Dies

The wave of antigay violence in New York City reaches a crescendo.

BY NEAL BROVERMAN

MAY 18 2013 7:24 PM ET

 
 

A man was subjected to homophobic slurs in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the early minutes of Saturday before being shot in the face and later dying of his wounds.

Two men were walking near Sixth Avenue and Eighth Street when three men accosted them, hurling homophobic slurs and asking them if they were “gay wrestlers.” One of the three aggressors took off, but the other two continued following the men. “Do you want to die here?” one of the aggressors asked before shooting his 32-year-old victim in the face. The Brooklyn man later died at Beth Israel hospital.

The accused killer ran off and headed downtown, but was quickly nabbed by police who are calling the shooting a hate crime.

The night of the shooting, the accused killer was involved in an earlier confrontation, telling a bouncer at a club that he was the killer from the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut. Read more here.

At least four men, in two separate incidents near Madison Square Garden, have been attacked recently in New York City for their perceived sexual orientation. One attack occurred on May 10, another onMay 5.

New York state senator Brad Hoylman, representing Manhattan, released the following statement: “I am outraged by the recent wave of anti-LGBT violence in our City and it is shocking and extremely distressing that a man was shot to death just this morning apparently because he was gay. Nobody anywhere should have to live with fear of harm because of his or her sexual orientation. It is particularly upsetting that recent anti-LGBT incidents have occurred in neighborhoods in my district on the West Side of Manhattan, home to many members of our community. I applaud the NYPD for making a swift arrest in this case and call on all New Yorkers to unite against hate and gun violence.”

Thank you to The Advocate for this article.

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