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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. Dialog and education? Dialog with my gun while I educate you about the Constitution.

    You're allowed to protect Texas.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 18, 2013 4:34:13 PM

  2. Another death due to liberal gun control keeping citizens unarmed and defenseless. So unamerican.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 18, 2013 5:29:07 PM

  3. Liberal New York killing gays. Thanks for nothing, libs.

    Posted by: Adam | May 18, 2013 5:34:31 PM

  4. Not even Greenwich Village is safe now. Wasn't I telling you guys that New York is anti-gay at the street level?

    Who's to blame? Women and liberals in general. Women fear the power of the male homosexual act. It takes away their ability to control men through sex. Women often incite men to commit violence against gay men.

    Posted by: Adam | May 18, 2013 5:46:14 PM

  5. "Unarmed and defenseless"? You mean there are no police?

    You don't want police. You want more of us dead!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | May 18, 2013 5:47:22 PM

  6. Yes I know guns don't solve anything but trust me these bigots would think twice if gay men were armed.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 18, 2013 5:48:19 PM

  7. New York City is not more dangerous than any other large urban area. It's shocking that a few of these recent attacks have taken place in what used to be considered a gay area.

    Posted by: jaragon | May 18, 2013 5:50:43 PM

  8. Where's David Hearne to talk about race? Oh yeah...

    Posted by: BrianQTD | May 18, 2013 5:52:26 PM

  9. David Ehrenstein, why would you entrust your safety and your life to someone who isn't there when you need them? Who doesn't even like gays? I've had cops call me a faggot to me face. And I expect them to protect me? Why?

    Posted by: Kev C | May 18, 2013 5:54:04 PM

  10. Jargon,

    There is no such thing as a gay area. Unless you segregate an area by building a wall and regulating entry, it is open to everybody.

    Gay men need to stop kidding themselves about their "gay areas".

    Posted by: Adam | May 18, 2013 5:56:33 PM

  11. sad. expect violence, esp against gay men, to increase worldwide. this is going to be a long ugly backlash.

    Posted by: gomez | May 18, 2013 6:10:26 PM

  12. The police have caught a Hispanic guy. This case shows that New York's gay men need to arm themselves. By the time you call the police, the deed is well and truly done.

    Posted by: Adam | May 18, 2013 6:19:26 PM

  13. The shooting was just a quick one-avenue ride from the now-demolished St Vincent's, a hospital our LGBT mayoral candidate Christine Quinn failed to protect from closing... right before she took big campaign donations from the developers of a new property on the site. Maybe if St Vincent's was still open, the victim wouldn't have had to wait for an ambulance from Beth Israel on 16th & 1st, and travel so long to get there, and he might be alive now. This is just another reason why sellout Bloomberg clone Christine Quinn shouldn't get our votes just because she's LGBT.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 18, 2013 6:22:34 PM

  14. I'm also really sick of Christine Quinn being the go-to media darling for these issues. She is a vile turncoat DINO who needs to GO AWAY.

    And GV needs to stop gentrifying - it invites these homophobic outsiders to come around with their entitlement complexes and guns.

    Posted by: aneas taint | May 18, 2013 6:34:23 PM

  15. This part of the backlash of the MINORITY of people who are detesting the fact that their hate toward others is no longer acceptable. Horrible that this has to happen. I hope they keep him in jail and make him suffer forever.

    I think it's time to fight back and be on the OFFENSE to ensure this never happens again.

    ALL bar owners and GLBT organizations should be meeting to device a plan on how to defend themselves against this ever happening again. This is a CRISIS that needs to be addressed with solutions. Now. This cannot happen again!

    Come on New York. Get organized with ALL GLBT organizations and bar owners and get a plan going to fight back. Meet with police. Device a plan of action. Then meet with City officials & police. Never again let someone with a gun just be thrown out of a bar without calling the police.

    Again, this is a CRISIS in GLBT New York. Enough is enough!

    Posted by: FunMe | May 18, 2013 7:20:35 PM

  16. Homophobia is still, actually, quite clearly, acceptable. It's still acceptable and accepted hence we're still the only group that is publicly bashed and smeared on a daily basis, with figures from athletes to actors who use gay slurs without even considering the consequences in advance. That's why we still don't have rights, and that's why we still are seen as, at the very least, a nuisance to Congress. I mean, let's get real. Things have progressed, but we're still right at the bottom of the totem poll.

    It's going to take organization, passion and anger to fix things. I think way too many LGBTQ people these days are complacent, thinking our work is finished because marriage equality support has risen (no matter how soft much of that is). They're not willing nor see the need to truly fight. But incidents like this and the many in NYC this year prove our fight hasn't come close to ending.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 18, 2013 8:20:55 PM

  17. Adam, pointing out race to rile up the comments section. Nice try, troll.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 18, 2013 8:32:25 PM

  18. He showed the bartender his gun during that confrontation. It would have been nice if the bartender called the police as soon as the man left. There was a police presence in the area according to the NYT article. This may have been prevented. The report suggests there were several minutes between the bar confrontation and the shooting. Those few minutes could have made a difference.

    Posted by: Happy To Oblige | May 18, 2013 9:13:15 PM

  19. For those of us who live and hang out in or near the Village or Chelsea this is very scary. My partner and I were having a night cap at a side-street cafe when this happened a few blocks away, not knowing why a cop car sped past us, as fast as I've ever seen a cop car race. Has we been walking to the subway station to go home about 15 minutes earlier, we would have seen this, or we would have been the victims,

    While NYC has for many years had the lowest violent crime rate among large US cities, there has always been a anti-gay violence. And many of the attacks are in places like the Village where there are a lot of gay people because that it where people who are so full of hatred know to go to find their victims.

    Yes, children need to be brought up right and learn to respect others and not be homophobic -- more important than guns in the long run. But it would be really great if in one or more instance a target of a violent homophobe were able to turn the tables during an attack and do some serious damage to his or her attacker.

    Posted by: MichaelJ | May 18, 2013 9:14:19 PM

  20. This will seem politically incorrect, but unfortunately I truly this believe this is the dark side to recent advances in gay rights. The psychopathic closet cases are _totally_ freaking out. Their entire belief structure is literally falling apart. You can see it everywhere on the net where pseudo-anonymity allows certain people to say what's "really" on their mind. Just yesterday I was thinking of a youtube comment I'd seen that was so ridiculously homophobic I meant to try to remember it to share the next time I posted here. It also revealed the poster's baldly obvious internal struggles with their own sexuality. It was pretty classic, I wish I hadn't forgetten it.
    It will get worse before it gets better, but it will get better. Stay safe out there.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | May 18, 2013 9:23:57 PM

  21. This place saved my ass while I was living in NYC. Please gents. Do yourselves a favor and Learn how to defend yourselves.

    Posted by: Mario | May 18, 2013 9:47:24 PM

  22. ... or just buy some pepper spray to get some of these attackers. They sell it just a half block from where this guy was shot - at the Army/Navy on 8th St bet. 5th & 6th Ave.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 18, 2013 9:52:57 PM

  23. How would pepper spray help you when you are shot -- killed instantly -- in the head?

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 18, 2013 10:13:13 PM

  24. And thanks for the shameless plug, Mario, you ass.

    Posted by: Gregoire | May 18, 2013 10:14:09 PM

  25. Pepper spray wouldn't help with the shooting, but it might have blinded a few of those thugs in the three midtown attacks. Also carries the advantage of not potentially getting you charged with vigilante murder like Bernard Goetz, so there's that.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 18, 2013 11:09:19 PM

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