NYPD probe restaurant chair attack as possible hate crime

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Posted: May 07, 2015 9:28 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — A brawl inside a New York City restaurant in which two men were hit over the head with a chair is being investigated by police as a possible hate crime.

Police say it happened Tuesday night at the Dallas BBQ restaurant in Chelsea. They're investigating whether anti-gay slurs were used.

A cellphone video of the confrontation shows a chaotic scene. The assailant hurls a chair over the victims, knocking one to the ground and the other into a chair. He also punches and kicks one of the victims as other patrons try to subdue him.

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Both victims refused medical attention.

There have been no arrests.

Councilman Corey Johnson, whose district covers Chelsea, issued a statement saying he is appalled by the "senseless act of anti-LGBT hate violence."