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Greenwich Village shooting and death being described as a possible hate crime

On Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Greenwich villageGun shots echoed into the night in Greenwich Village resulting in the fatal shooting of a 32-year old man. NBC 4 New York received word from law enforcement on Saturday that a suspect is in custody and the shooting is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

According to law enforcement words were exchanged between the suspect and the victim who was walking with a friend along Sixth Avenue around midnight. The suspect, who was a part of a larger group, shouted anti-gay remarks as they passed once, and when they came to pass a second time, words were exchanged again before the suspect allegedly pulled out a .38 caliber revolver and shot the victim in the head.

The victim died a short time later at the hospital.

The shooting is part of a chain of hate crimes against gay men in New York City recently. This latest attack comes just after a rally outside of Madison Square Garden on Thursday night organized by Queer Rising, a grassroots organization created to demand full equality for all queer people through nonviolent direct action.

The rally took place where anti-gay assaults took place, one of the incidents involved porn star Edin Sol who told Queerty:

“I can’t get over this situation and the fact it still happens. I feel in shock and unsafe going out anymore until someone does something about it.”

The event was organized to raise awareness for all hate crimes. The recent shooting and death means much more needs to be done for the safety of all individuals.

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