Photo: Elliot Morales (r & l) shot Mark Carson (center) in the face, killing him
A man was arrested in New York after he allegedly shot and killed a gay man in Greenwich Village after following him and his partner down the street yelling homophobic slurs.
Elliot Morales, 33, is being held without bail after he trailed, threatened, and shot 32-year-old Mark Carson in the face at point-blank range.
Police say Carson was walking along the Avenue of the Americas with his partner at around midnight when the couple was confronted by Morales, who began following them and spewing homophobic slurs and comments like, “What are you, a gay wrestler?”
Morales was not initially alone, though police say his friends left him after they were unable to dissuade him from continuing to follow Carson.
As he continued to follow them, Morales asked Carson if the man with him was his boyfriend. When Carson answered, “Yes,” Morales pulled out a silver Taurus .38-caliber revolver and shot him in face, the bullet entering through his cheek.
Police caught up to Morales just a few blocks away, not far from the NYU campus, and he reportedly admitted to shooting Carson and even laughed as he was being arrested.
Morales’ sister has told the media she spoke with her brother after his arrest and he claims to not remember shooting Carson because “he was under the influence, he was drinking.”
This is not Morales’ first arrest. According to the New York Times, he served more than 10 years in prison for a robbery conviction.
Morales has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and weapons charges. He was arraigned on Sunday, with the judge setting another court hearing for Thursday.
Carson was described as a proud, openly gay man who never hid who was. His brother told the New York Daily News, ‘He was a courageous person. My brother was a beautiful person…He was our foundation.’