Two men and one teenage boy have been charged following a homophobic assault in New York, resulting in one man being shot.
21 year-old Matthew Smith was charged with assault in the first degree following a non-fatal incident in which a gay man who was wearing women’s clothes was shot. Cody Sigue (22) and Tavon Johnson (17) were charged with menacing and third-degree hate crime.
According to police, the victim was walking with a friend on Broadway near Putnam Ave. in Bushwick at 7:00am when the attackers began to harass the two men.
Following verbal abuse including anti-gay slurs and taunts, Smith began to open-fire on the man as he was trying to escape. The victim was struck by one bullet and was taken to Brookdale University Hospital where he was treated for his injuries before being released.
Daquan Ruddock, a gay man who lives in the area told NY Daily News, “That shows how gay people can’t walk around in the street without someone saying something or doing something towards them. It’s sad.”
Police say that the men charged are all from Brooklyn, and each have an extensive arrest history.
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