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Gay man gunned down in Greenwich Village

Posted at 1:15 PM, May 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-18 13:15:59-04

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NEW YORK (PIX11)– A gay man was gunned down on a street corner in Greenwich Village on Friday night.

According to police, just after midnight a call came in about a male shot on the corner of West 8th Street and 6th Avenue. When they arrived to the scene they found the victim was shot in the head.

Witnesses say the man was chased out of a restaurant and called homophobic slurs.

A worker at Gray’ Papaya was nearby when it happened,“I heard one shot, that’s it.”

The victim was pronounced dead at Beth Israel Hospital shortly after the shooting.

The gunman ran five blocks before cops were able to corner him at West Third Street and MacDougal Street. He confessed to the shooting after he was put in handcuffs.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn expressed gratitude to the NYPD for nabbing the suspect, but also expressed her anger and disgust towards people who aim to hurt members of the gay community.