Mark Carson, a 32-year-old gay Brooklyn man, was shot and killed in New York’s Greenwich Village last night following a shouting match with the gunman who hurled homophobic insults at his victim, according to the New York Times.
The suspect reportedly ran from the crime scene, but police caught up to him about five blocks away.
The Times reports emergency medical workers attempted to revive Carson at the scene, but he was pronounced dead on arrival when taken to Beth Israel hospital.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is running to be the city’s first openly gay mayor, released a statement that read:
“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. I stand with all New Yorkers in condemning this attack.”
NY state senator Brad Hoylman also released a statement condemning the attack:
“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.”
The murder last night marks the fifth known attack against gay men in New York this month. A rally to protest the violence was held May 16, as members of the city’s LGBT community gathered outside Madison Square Garden and marched through Chelsea toward Jackson Park.
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