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Suspect Attacks Two Men As They Leave Popular Brooklyn Gay Bar

Hate Crime, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, Metropolitan

The men were leaving Metropolitan early Sunday morning. 

It's unfortunate that the LGBTQ community is frequently reminded that nowhere is it completely safe for them to live freely and be out and proud in public - even some of the most liberal cities in the world.

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Early Sunday morning around 1 a.m. two men were attacked and beaten unconscious after they left Metropolitan, a popular gay bar in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. ABC7 reports that the victims, one 29 and one 34, were called anti-gay slurs by the suspect before one was punched in the face and another thrown against a tree. Both victims, from Hawthorne, New Jersey, were taken to a hospital where one was treated for a broken finger and the other for a fractured shoulder.

Though the suspect fled the scene, one witness snapped a very clear picture of him and NYPD are asking anyone with information regarding his identity to call their Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), report it on their wesbites, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) and enter TIP577. All calls and texts are strictly confidential. Watch the ABC report, below.

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