An arrest was made Monday in the shooting of a gay man in the IHOP restaurant in DC's Columbia Heights neighborhood. LaShawn Carson, 27, was taken in on charges of aggravated assault while armed.
In a press conference Monday afternoon, DC Mayor Vincent Gray said:
As I said at the time of the shooting, while all crime is horrific and destructive to the fabric of our community, hate crimes are particularly insidious because they instill fear in an entire group.
The attack earlier this month sparked protests and a silent march the drew a crowd of 600+ last week.
A second attack less than 24 hours later at Georgia Avenue and Irving Streets, N.W. about 9:30 p.m. on March 12 left another gay man robbed and beaten with a broken jaw. This attack was also listed as a hate crime but there has yet to be an arrest.
A third attack hours later at West Virginia Avenue and Mt. Olivet Road, N.E. left a transgendered woman knocked unconscious. There was not enough evidence to label the attack a hate crime and there have also been no arrest.
Check out ABC 7's report after the jump.