Lou Chibbaro Jr. reports for The Blade on D.C.’s most recent hate crime. Two customers leaving the D.C. Eagle, a New York Ave. gay bar, were assaulted last Friday “by a group of men shouting anti-gay names,” Chibbaro writes.

“The victims, who state they were walking through a group of 6 black males, were punched and called homophobic names,” [Special Liason Unit Commander Brett] Parson said in an e-mail alert.

“No robbery was announced and there was no altercation prior to the attack. Neither victim suffered visible injuries,” he said.

He said the attackers fled north on 7th Street. No arrests have been made in the incident and police have no suspects, Parson said.

Unlike the Tony Hunter case, which also concerned an assault near a D.C. gay bar, this incident is being classified by MPD as a hate crime.