Elliot Morales, the suspect in the murder of Mark Carson in New York City, wasn’t just content to kill Carson for being gay. He boasted to cops about it afterwards. In just-released court documents, Morales told cops who caught him minutes after the May 17 shooting in Greenwich Village, “Gay thought he was tough in front of his bitch, so I shot him. Diagnosis is dead, doctor.”
Morales was arraigned in court on Tuesday on charges of the charges of second degree murder as a hate crime, menacing a police officer and criminal possession of a weapon. The murder of Carson was the culmination of a homophobic spree which began when Morales threatened a restaurant worker with a gun while shouting anti-gay epithets. He then came across Carson and a friend, and shouted gay slurs at them, asking, “what are you, a gay wrestler?” Morales then allegedly followed Carson and shot him in the cheek, killing him.
Morales seemed anything but remorseful for killing Carson, according to the court documents. “He thought he was tough, and I shot him. It’s the last thing he’ll remember,” he told police.
“This young man’s tragic death serves as a reminder of the discrimination that many of our family members, coworkers and friends still face,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said of Carson. “By instilling fear, hate crimes tear at the very fabric of our communities.”