Teen Opens Fire in Gay Bar, Injures 3
(2/2/06) — A teenager armed with a hatchet and handgun opened fire inside a gay bar early Thursday, wounding at least three people in what police are investigating as a hate crime. A bartender at Puzzle Lounge told The Associated Press that the young man, dressed all in black, ordered a drink and asked if Puzzles was a gay bar. He finished his drink shortly after midnight, ordered another, then started attacking people, the bartender said.
Police were searching for Jacob D. Robida, 18, Police Capt. Richard Spirlet said. He did not immediately say how Robida became a suspect or release the names or conditions of the three hospitalized bar patrons. The teenager was armed with a handgun and "some sort of cutting instrument" when he began attacking people, Spirlet said. The bartender said the attacker was swinging a hatchet.
After finishing his drink, the man walked to the back of the bar where two men were playing pool, shoved one to the ground, then pulled a hatchet from his sweat shirt and began swinging at the man's head, cutting him, the bartender said. Other patrons tackled the man, sending the hatchet sliding across the floor, but he pulled out a handgun and shot both pool players, the bartender said. He said the gunman also fired at a patron who was leaving the bathroom, hitting him in the chest.
"He was shooting at everyone," said the bartender, who asked to be identified only by his first name, Phillip, because of concerns about his safety. The attacker shoved him as well before running out, Phillip said. He said police found the hatchet and a machete in the bar.
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This is the type of insanity the religious right promotes when they teach that gays are less than equal. At least in this day and age we are able to distribute information about attacks like these so that they cannot be denied as having occurred.