A 22-year-old man dressed as a woman was chased and shot by a group of men shouting homophobic slurs in Brooklyn on Saturday, according to police.
The victim was walking home with two other men in Bushwick Saturday morning, when the three suspects approached them and allegedly began screaming profanities and anti-gay taunts about 7:05 a.m., police said.
When the victim and his friends tried to flee, the suspects chased after them and opened fire, striking the victim in the buttocks, officials said.
The man was taken to Brookdale University Hospital and was later released.
According to NYDailyNews:
The youngest suspect, just 17, has a staggering 17 prior arrests, police sources said, on charges including robbery, burglary, assault and conspiracy. The second suspect, who is 20, has two prior arrests, for pot and robbery, police sources said. The final suspect, who is 22, has one prior arrest for marijuana.
“It’s messed up,” said Daquan Ruddock, 24, a gay man who lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant not far from the crime scene. “That shows how gay people can’t walk around in the street without someone saying something or doing something towards them. It’s sad.”
Eric Dowling, 30, a barber at M.J. Beauty Salon, said the victim was a customer at the shop. “It’s a violent neighborhood — a lot of things happen,” Dowling said. “It’s a sad thing it happened to him.”