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Gay Man Killed In Greenwich Village Hate Crime


Tragic murder committed in the early hours of the day.

CarsonNew York's CBS 2 reports:

A gunman used anti-gay slurs before he shot and killed a man in fashionable Greenwich Village early Saturday, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Police were dispatched to the corner of 8th Street and Sixth Avenue just after midnight Saturday. They found the victim, an unidentified 32-year-old man, on the ground with a gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Kelly said the gunman...first urinated on the street outside a bar, then walked into the bar, according to an Associated Press report. The man proceeded to make anti-gay remarks to the bartender and show that he had a silver pistol in his holster, the wire service reported.

Kelly then said the gunman came up to the victim and his companion outside, asked if they were “gay wrestlers,” and shot the victim in the face, the wire service reported.

According to the NY Post, a suspect was apprehended shortly after the shooting: "The gunman ran five blocks before cops collared him at West Third Street and MacDougal Street."

NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn released a statement condemming the attack:

"I am horrified to learn that last night, a gay man was murdered in my district after being chased out of a Greenwich Village restaurant and assailed by homophobic slurs....There was a time in New York City when two people of the same gender could not walk the street arm-in-arm without fear of violence and harassment. We refuse to go back to that time.”

Also speaking out this morning is State Senator Brad Hoylman:

"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.... 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."

Neither the victim or the suspect have been identified. Updates as they come in.

Update: Victim has been ID'd as Marc Carson, according to a NYT police source. Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly: “This clearly looks to be a hate crime.”

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  1. the question people keep asking is "what is going ON in new york?"

    what's going on? the crazies are furious that their side is losing, and they're listening to Their Leaders - who's to blame for these attacks?

    every single grown adult in politics and religion who continues to condone, promote and espouse anti-LGBT prejudice and hate. that's who.

    trickle-down economics may be B.S., but trickle-down bigotry is a cold hard reality.

    this young man's blood is on the hands of every politician, religious leader, and pathetic excuse for a parent who has spent their time and energy voicing anti-gay prejudice and hatred.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 1:22:44 PM

  2. People are fvcking crazy. So much for NYC being an open-minded city.

    Posted by: Pigs | May 18, 2013 1:28:57 PM

  3. Speechless. This all went down right outside my school. Just speechless.

    Posted by: Lars | May 18, 2013 1:35:14 PM

  4. Scary! I have walked by the corners a million times- the West Village is not what is use to be. Christopher street has become a gentrified block long tourist trap. Maybe gay men should start carrying guns- yes I know violence doesn't solve anything but obviously our enemies are not armed and looking for gay blood to spill.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 18, 2013 1:38:26 PM

  5. Will even one voice from all those espousing vitriol against LGBT come forward to own their part in this senseless murder?

    Catholic Church? AFA? NOM? FRC?

    Obsessed, armed and fueled by your steady stream of hate speech.

    Posted by: JONES | May 18, 2013 1:40:46 PM

  6. Aside from how horrifying this is, I can't help but wonder if the victim would've stood a chance to survive if he could've been take 3 blocks to St. Vincent's. Beth Israel?! Seriously?. Don't really want to hear it from Christine Quinn.

    Posted by: ROGER B | May 18, 2013 1:45:49 PM

  7. @JONES - they don't care. As Rick Warren has made very clear, he'd rather a dead son than an openly-gay one.

    They probably, in their preposterously warped minds, think that if enough of us die there won't be any "new gays" to take our place.

    They don't care that we get attacked and murdered. They're far too busy insisting that they're the ones who are the victims.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 1:50:02 PM

  8. @Roger B, it is infuriating that we no longer have a hospital in the neighborhood, though I don't know what difference it would have made here.

    There are conflicting stories in some of the press accounts. Did this happen at 8th and 6th, or 4th and Barrow??

    It bears mentioning that the immediate blocks around the West 4th subway are kind of a pit. Porn shops, tattoo parlors, etc. That McDonald's on 3rd is a particular magnet for low-lifes.

    Posted by: Lars | May 18, 2013 1:50:40 PM

  9. Oh GOD - you couldn't pay me to enter the McD's on 3rd. You gotta love a McDonald's with a reputation so bad that the bathrooms are perpetually padlocked and out of service.

    It's worse that the Greenpoint McD's near Blackout Bar, as if that was even possible....

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 1:54:20 PM

  10. @Kiwi, tell me about it. Total blight. I walk past it nearly every day, and don't infrequently get harassed. Andy's posted about other crap that has happened there (including the gay guy who was beaten up for wearing neon shoelaces). I'm sympathetic to the fact that, for many people, it's the only affordable option around -- but management needs to police its clientele, or be shut down as a public nuisance.

    Posted by: Lars | May 18, 2013 2:07:18 PM

  11. concur. 100%.

    for a horrific/hilarious read, check out thet particular McD's yelp reviews

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 2:13:20 PM

  12. Wow. I hang out at Gray's all the time.

    Executed right on the street. Wow. Jaragon, I actually sort of agree with you. Some gay men would be just as irresponsible with guns as straight men...but when I see a story like this, I can't help but it think it might help our cause to be a little more dangerous.

    Posted by: Yeek | May 18, 2013 2:15:21 PM

  13. And the pedophile Dolan remains silent.

    Posted by: Victim | May 18, 2013 2:18:19 PM

  14. Isn't that literally across the avenue from where the gay man was beaten last week? Any chance it was the same perpetrator?

    Hard to believe this is happening in Greenwich Village.

    Posted by: Eddie | May 18, 2013 2:32:57 PM

  15. Right, so more reason for me to stay away from NYC.

    Posted by: daws | May 18, 2013 2:38:59 PM

  16. Hopefully, this will help ignorant people who don't live here in New York to see that this kind of thing happens all the time, but just doesn't get the publicity. The same people who scream "GAY BASHING!" whenever a gay couple gets looked at cross-eyed in Texas somehow seem to think that New Yorkers (especially Manhattanites) live in a world that's all rainbows and unicorns when it comes to anti-gay violence. And that just ain't so.

    Posted by: Setting the Record Straight | May 18, 2013 2:41:17 PM

  17. "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."

    Except NY Senator Ruben Diaz's thug friends called FOR this violence by publicly saying that "homosexuals are worthy of death" at the NOM sponsored hate rally. This man's blood in on their parasitic hands.

    Posted by: RMc | May 18, 2013 3:01:14 PM

  18. So many out-of-town gays are under the impression that New York is some kind of mecca where gays can come and just bask in themselves because of things like gay marriage and heightened visibility -- but with more visibility comes more scrutiny. There have been countless hate crimes in NYC that continue to happen on a regular enough basis, instances of harassment/public jeering and there are quite a few areas where two guys probably shouldn't walk hand-in-hand or even have body language that suggests that they might be coupled. Quite frankly, New York is not an east coast version of San Francisco.

    Posted by: Tony | May 18, 2013 3:27:47 PM

  19. Are we shocked and saddened by this? Gay is everywhere and unfortunately so is gay hate. This is a real consequence. What can be done?

    Posted by: GB | May 18, 2013 3:28:58 PM

  20. What if gay men were to start carrying guns? Most of my friends don't like the idea of guys but they also are fanatic about things. So, believe me if we were to start carrying guns the NRA-card carrying members will be scared. Think in terms of ACT-UP! When the political leaders were not raising a finger, gay people took action into their own hands. Do the political leader want us to start to carry guns?

    Posted by: Daya | May 18, 2013 3:33:46 PM

  21. I come home from work to read this. Damn. I knew that LGBT people are still being beaten and murdered but this really hits close to home. So sad. For all the talk about how much things are progressing, hate crimes and hate speech against us sure isn't abating. It's getting worse throughout most of the world.

    I'm just.......WOW. Terrible. My heart goes out to the victim's friends and family.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 18, 2013 3:38:48 PM

  22. the solution is not for us to carry guns.

    the solution is for proactive LGBT-inclusivity dialogues and education. starting in elementary school.

    these violent bigots were taught to hate. every time a politician or adult in a position of power condones and promotes anti-gay sentiments, they are responsible for acts like this.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 3:41:38 PM

  23. Advocating homosexuality being taught to elementary school kids. SMH. But homosexuals want to play dumb and pretend to not know what people are talking about when they speak of the "gay agenda" indoctrinating kids. If that gets put into the curriculum at public schools, responsible parents should send their kids to a private school instead.

    Posted by: EnRanc | May 18, 2013 4:09:43 PM

  24. its not "advocating homosexuality", as there's no such thing. there is only teaching children not to hate.

    which you will never learn, you typically anonymous cowardly sack of S**t.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | May 18, 2013 4:18:11 PM

  25. Times reporting that victim was named Marc Carson. Requiescat in pace.

    Posted by: Lars | May 18, 2013 4:20:32 PM

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