Suspect in West Village anti-gay murder laughed while confessing
The homophobe accused of shooting a gay man to death in the West Village laughed in hideous glee as he confessed, a prosecutor told a judge said Sunday.
Elliot Morales was hauled before a judge and charged with killing Mark Carson with a point-blank head shot from a .38-caliber revolver following a barrage of anti-gay taunts shortly before midnight on Friday.
Morales, 33, got only a few blocks away from where Carson fell on W. 8th St. near Sixth Ave. when police collared him. As he was being restrained on a sidewalk, he laughed and boasted: “I shot him in the face.”
Morales, who had been staying recently with friends in the Rockaways, was ordered held without bail. He was charged with second-degree murder as a hate crime and other counts.
“It’s clear that the victim here was killed only because and just because he was thought to be gay,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. The commissioner added that Carson in no way antagonized his killer.
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A memorial was created near the site where Mark Carson was fatally shot late Friday night.
Carson had recently moved to Brooklyn from upper Manhattan and was working at a yogurt shop, a member of his heartbroken family said.
“He was a courageous person,” Carson’s brother, Michael Bumpars, told The News on Saturday. “My brother was a beautiful person.”
Morales had spotted Carson, 32, dressed in a tank top, cut-off shorts and boots, walking with a friend not far from where he would soon be shot.
“Look at you f-----s,” Morales said, according to prosecutors. “You look like gay wrestlers.”
Two pals who were with Morales Friday have been questioned by authorities and released, officials said Sunday.
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The crime scene on Friday night.
“They’re cooperating and telling investigators what they know,” Kelly said Sunday.
Investigators have confiscated a rifle Morales brought to the Queens home where he was staying.
There have been about 22 anti-gay incidents this year, cops said, compared to 13 for the same period last year.
Kelly said that he is meeting with police brass to discuss ways they to combat the spike.