A man was attacked by a gang of people outside a Philadelphia gay bar.
The attack occurred at 11pm on Sunday 27 January outside the Toasted Walnut. Four men and one woman are said to have jumped out of a car attacked the man outside the gay bar.
People stepped in to break up the brawl, but were then attacked themselves. According to one witness, the General Manager of the bar was hit in the face.
The group then reportedly jumped into the car and fled before police arrived at the scene. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a head injury.
Police are still determining whether the victim, 50, was specifically targeted. However, witnesses at the crime say they heard the attackers spout homophobic slurs.
Speaking to 6abc, bartender Josh Shonewolf said of the assault: ‘All of a sudden a car full of guys decided to jump out and attack one of the patrons here right in front.
It seemed random but they were definitely calling him some gay slurs as they were beating him up.’
The bar is located in Philadelphia’s LGBTI district. Other bars around it include Woody’s and nightclub Voyeur.
Shonewolf added: ‘Some people refer to this part of town as Midtown Village but to me – I’m from Philly – it is always going to be the Gayborhood. And if this is happening at 13th and Walnut I don’t know where we’re supposed to feel safe.’
Police are investigating and told the site that a hate crime charge may be added. It is up to the district attorney’s office to decide whether the charge will be brought forward.