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LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Long Beach police are investigating a brutal attack Halloween night on two middle-aged gay men as a hate crime, officials said.
Two Long Beach men, a 19-year-old and 27-year-old, have been arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon in the attack, which violent crimes detectives are investigating as a hate crime, said Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt.
The brazen attack occurred near The Gay and Lesbian Center of Greater Long Beach in front of several witnesses, who contacted police and paramedics for help, said one of the survivors, who requested his name not be used.
Both men sustained moderate injuries and were taken by Long Beach Fire Department Paramedics to a local hospital, where they were still being treated Tuesday night.
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