Cousins Accused of Hate Crime in the City

Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 2:15 PM PDT
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Cousins Accused of Hate Crime in the City

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Authorities say three cousins face hate crime charges for an alleged drive-by shooting of a man with a BB gun outside a San Francisco bar because they thought he was gay.
     
Assistant District Attorney Brian Buckelew says cousins Mohammad Habibzada, Shafiq Hashemi and Sayed Bassam, all of Hayward, face charges for the Feb. 26 incident.

The men are accused of shooting man in the cheek as he was smoking outside a bar in San Francisco's Mission district. The charges include assault with a deadly weapon with a hate crime enhancement, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and attempted mayhem.

Buckelew says authorities have a video of the incident that the cousins recorded.

The men are scheduled for to be arraigned in court on Friday.

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