Two men were hospitalized after being beaten by three men in what appears to be an anti-gay hate crime.
In D.C.’s U Street corridor at 12:30 am yesterday, two men were attacked. The attack occurred near the Dirty Goose, an LGBT bar.
Police said that the assailants, who have not yet been found, shouted anti-gay slurs.
The victims were taken to the hospital. One had a broken nose and broken teeth, and the other suffered from a concussion. The injuries are not life-threatening.
Jamie Sycamore, a candidate for D.C. Council, said that he knows both of the victims. “It’s a shame that people can be beat up for who they are,” he said.
.@DCPoliceDept are investigtiing a possible hate crime after two gay men were reportedly assaulted near the U St. corridor early Sunday. @sycamore4dc says he's friends w/both victims. Tells @wusa9 – they'll be okay – DC's LGBTQ community is on edge. PD looking for 3 suspects pic.twitter.com/lArZW1hIgG
— Stephanie Ramirez (@RamirezReports) April 16, 2018
The Metropolitan Police Department said that they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.