BROOKLYN: Hate Crime And Attempted Murder Charges Filed In Anti-Gay Shooting

Via DNA Info:

Three suspects have been arrested for shouting anti-gay slurs at a group of men dressed as women and shooting one of the them over the weekend, police said. Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, got into an argument with the victim around 7 a.m. Saturday on Broadway near Putnam Avenue, according to police. When the victim tried to run away from them, the suspects followed and shouted at them, according to court documents. “Y’all faggots, men dressing like women, tranny, drag queens,” they allegedly shouted according to court documents. Smith was hit with a slew of charges including attempted murder as a hate crime, assault as a hate crime and menacing as a hate crime. He was held without bail. Johnson and Sigue were charged with menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment.

More on the shooter:

Smith had been out of jail for less than a month when the shooting happened, according to records and the Department of Corrections. The Bushwick man pleaded guilty to strangling a woman in a domestic violence incident that happened last December, causing the woman’s face to swell, records show. He was in jail from May 21 to Sept. 3 and is expected to be sentenced for the crime next Thursday, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. The grand jury also dismissed a robbery charge, pending a new grand jury, at a court appearance on Sept 3., records show. Smith has 16 prior arrests total, according to police, and has been in and out of the city’s incarceration system since December 2012. Smith was also charged with firing off his gun in the area the night before the anti-gay shooting, according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

The shooting victim was hospitalized in stable condition.