On March 11, a shooting went down at an IHOP in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. The attack was later determined to be a hate crime. According to a press release from the police, LaShawn Carson, 27, has now been charged with aggravated assault while armed.
Said D.C. mayor Vincent Gray in a statement:
“I am pleased and relieved to announce that a suspect in this dastardly crime has been arrested,” the mayor said in a statement. “As I said at the time of the shooting, while all crime is horrific and destructive to the fabric of our community, hate crimes are particularly insidious, because they instill fear in an entire group. All of our residents should have the right to walk the streets of our neighborhoods free of fear that they will be targeted because of their identities, beliefs or characteristics.”