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Baseball Bat Attack At San Diego Pride

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

July 31, 2006 - 12:01 am ET

(San Diego, California) Five gay San Diego men were in hospital Sunday recovering from an attack by at least three men as they left the city's annual Gay Pride celebration.

The men had just left Balboa Park when the assailants began taunting them with homophobic remarks.

The attackers then began fighting with the men and at one point one of the assailants began swinging a baseball bat hitting one of victims in the back of the head.

The other victims were also struck by the bat and one of them said he then felt what he described as something sharp stabbing him in the back possibly from a knife.

The names of the victims have not been released. Police say they all received serious injuries but were not considered life threatening.

The victims were able to give investigators "good descriptions" of their attackers. If they are caught police said the trio would be charged with attempted murder with a hate crime enhancement.

It was the second violent attack on gays in Southern California in a week.

The alleged gang members are charged with assault and committing a hate crime in connection with attacks on customers at a gay club in Riverside. (story)

Last week California's Attorney General released a report showing one-in-five hate crimes in the state was perpetrated against members of the LGBT community. (story)

Close to 150,000 people celebrated Pride in San Diego on the weekend. It was the city's 32nd annual Pride.

This year's theme was "Equality! No Turning Back". The highlight of the celebration was Saturday's parade which featured 185 floats and hundreds of marchers.

©365Gay.com 2006

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Arrests In San Diego Gay Pride Baseball Bat Attack

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff

August 1, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET, Updated 5:00 pm Et, Updated 7:00 pm ET

(San Diego, California) Two people have been arrested, one of them a minor, in connection with the weekend attacks on a group of men as they left San Diego's gay pride festival.

James Carroll, 24, was booked on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder. The minor was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

Police said they are members of a little known gang that calls themselves "Lowlifes".

San Diego police Monday night served a search warrant at an apartment in Park West and took a group of suspects in for questioning.

Apart from the two facing charges the others were released Tuesday

Capt. Chris Ball told a Tuesday afternoon news conference that he is confident the remaining two suspects will be arrested.

Ball also said that there was a sixth victim in the attack who did not need hospital treatment.

One of the victims remains in hospital with a fractured skull. He may require reconstructive surgery.

Another suffered superficial stab wounds. That man and the other three victims were treated and released from hospital.

The men had just left Balboa Park when the assailants began taunting them with homophobic remarks. (story)

The attackers then began fighting with the men and at one point one of the assailants began swinging a baseball bat hitting one of victims in the back of the head.

The other victims were also struck by the bat and one of them said he then felt what he described as something sharp stabbing him in the back possibly from a knife.

©365Gay.com 2006

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