Developing: More details on Midtown attack

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The attack of a gay man in Midtown on Sunday is continuing to gain media attention.

WSB-TV weighed in with a live report tonight from Midtown during its 5 p.m. broadcast. The interview includes the same few details the Atlanta Police Department is providing about the incident, with reporter John Bachman adding that APD refuses to release the police report. He also talks with Philip Rafshoon, the owner of Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse, which is near where the attack took place.

Atlanta police are investigating an assault that happened outside a popular gay bar in midtown Atlanta. Police said the victim was beaten so badly he had to go to the hospital. Officials are investigating if he may have been targeted because he is gay.

The incident happened on 10th Street when the victim was walking from Blake’s toward the MARTA station when he said two men approached him at 10 p.m. Sunday.

“We haven’t heard of it happening at all. We pride ourselves in this community that people can be themselves, they can be who they are,” Philip Rafshoon with Outwrite Bookstore told Channel 2 Action News reporter John Bachman.

That all changed, according to one account of what happened Sunday. Atlanta police said a man was beaten up outside Black’s [sic]. The victim told a friend that he was leaving the popular bar when two men approached him and said hello. He said, ‘Hi,’ and then they asked him if he was gay. He said, ‘Yes,’ and that’s when he said they began punching and kicking him.

Southern Voice, which broke the story about 2:30 p.m. Monday, continues to update its reporting on the assault.

Watch the WSB report about the crime.


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