The shooting of a man at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights early Sunday morning and an assault on an individual Monday evening in Park View are being investigated as anti-gay hate crimes, The Washington Blade reported yesterday.
The victim of the IHOP shooting was a 31-year-old gay man and the victim of the Monday assault, was a 29-year-old gay man who was attacked after exiting a taxicab at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW.
Police said the shooting Sunday erupted about 6:30 a.m. after one of two suspects had a heated verbal argument with the victim that erupted into a physical confrontation, the Blade reported:
Aaron Woodland, who identified himself as the victim’s cousin, said he and another cousin were with the victim at the restaurant when the incident occurred. According to Woodland, the three suspects were sitting at a table near where the victim and the two cousins were seated. He said the suspects referred to the victim and the two cousins repeatedly as