New charges planned in BB-gun hate crime case


LGBTQ Nation

Three men accused of targeting a San Francisco man they thought was gay with a BB gun were taken into custody in a courtroom Friday after a video tape emerged showing 11 more victims.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office said there were plans to file an amended complaint against the men — Shafiq Hashemi, 21, Sayed Bassam, 21, and Mohammad Habibzada, 24 — based on evidence from a videotape allegedly found with the men that appears to show 11 additional victims.

All three men were arrested the night of the Feb. 26 for allegedly shooting a 27-year-old San Francisco man in the cheek as he exited a Mission District bar.

At the time of the arrest, “The suspects did make a confession, basically stating that they came to San Francisco to target gay people,” police spokesman Officer Samson Chan said.

Prosecutors have charged all three men with assault with a deadly weapon, negligent discharge of a firearm, hate crimes and attempted mayhem, a charge relating to the possibility of a disabling or disfiguring injury.

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