(NEW YORK) — New York City police say a deadly shooting that took place in Greenwich Village Saturday was an anti-gay hate crime.
32-year-old Harlem resident Marc Carson and his companion were just blocks from the famous Stonewall Inn when a group approached them, making anti-gay slurs.
Police say that one member of the group, Elliot Morales, asked the two men if they were “gay wrestlers,” and later asked “do you want to die here?”
Morales then pulled out a gun and shot Carson in the face, according to NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. He died in the hospital soon afterwards.
An officer arrested Morales a few blocks away from where the shooting took place.
This is the latest in a series of bias attacks on gay men in the area, and police are investigating to see if there is any connection between this incident and earlier ones.
“It’s a really sad affair,” said Sean Williams, a friend of Carson.
“I mean, come on. This is 2013. Who’s killing people for being gay nowadays?”
Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio
Jon Ostrower and Rene Marsh, CNN
Susan Scutti, CNN
Parija Kavilanz, CNN
Holly Yan, Paul Vercammen and Madison Park, CNN