A man was seen throwing a brick through the window of a Manhattan gay bar in the third attack at the same location in a week.
Security camera footage from the VERS bar in Hell’s Kitchen caught the attacker in the act on Saturday night. The suspect appears to be a middle-aged male with short, fashionably cropped hair and wearing glasses.
In the video, the man approaches the window of the bar, where at least four customers can be seen eating at a corner table.
The man then throws a large brick at the window. It leaves a massive crack in the glass before bouncing off.
Although the culprit seems to jog out of the scene, he returns on foot as he appears to be talking to witnesses in the street.
The NYPD said it was investigating the attack, but so far no arrests have been made.
VERS reopened immediately after the incident, posting a photo of the shattered window captioned “Come join us for a drink!” #BusinessAsUsual’ on their Instagram and facebook pages.
This is the third attack on this particular bar in a week. On Sunday, November 13, a similar incident occurred around 5:30 p.m.
Another attack took place two days later around 6:40 p.m.
Metro.co.uk has contacted the owners of VERS bar for further comment.
“This man has thrown bricks at @versbarnyc window FOUR times in the last few weeks. These are hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community,’ City Council Member Erik Bottcher said on Twitter. Bottcher represents Hell’s Kitchen and is a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Bottcher also implored any witnesses or people who recognize the man to come forward and speak to police.
The attack happened just hours before a gunman opened fire on a gay club in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
At least five people were killed and 25 were injured in the brutal shooting, which was only stopped when brave patrons were able to remove the gun from the killer’s hands.
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