An Instagram video, posted late last night by Isaam Sharef, shows a man striking two gay men over the head with a wooden chair. The gruesome attack took place at a Dallas BBQ location in Chelsea.
Police told Mashable they are currently investigating the attack, which friends are calling a “hate crime.”
Warning: The video is graphic.
When we tried calling the Chelsea Dallas BBQ location, we were put on hold then eventually hung up on.
“These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” 32-year-old Jonathan Snipes told DNA info. Snipes “had a tooth knocked loose and cartilage snapped in his ear during the beating,” according to the news source.
The couple went to Dallas BBQ to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Snipes needed to leave the restaurant quickly and accidentally spilled a drink on his way out. DNA info quotes Snipes as saying,
It quickly escalated into a physical altercation, according to Snipes—although he had no intention of taking it to that level. According to DNA info,
A second video was posted by Isaam Sharef on YouTube, showing people watching the attack go down.
Various Tweets have been posted criticizing Dallas BBQ for failing to comment on the incident.
— John Birdsall (@John_Birdsall) May 6, 2015
.@DallasBBQ comment or see your bottom line turn red like that man’s face real fuckin quick
— Rudy (@daddysnatcher) May 6, 2015