Saturday, September 5, 2015

Witness: Phoenix shooting was LGBT hate crime

Phoenix police are investigating whether an early-morning shooting at a Phoenix Mexican restaurant was motivated by the sexual orientation of the victims.

At about 3 a.m. Monday, police said there was an argument between two groups of people inside the Julioberto's Mexican restaurant located near 32nd Street and McDowell Road. The argument spilled into the street as two women got into a physical fight, police said.
Police say the gunman threatened the group before driving away with several other people in a grey sedan.  Moments later, the group returned and shots were fired from the car into the restaurant.  A bullet struck a woman in the hand.

“We do have information that this was a possibility a bias incident, that it involved name calling and things of that nature.  And so certainly we’re going to investigate it with the information we have as a possibility,” said Phoenix Police Officer James Holmes.

Witness: Phoenix shooting was LGBT hate crime

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