Officers from the New York Police Department arrested and charged two men and one teen suspected of chasing and shooting a man dressed as a woman in Brooklyn Saturday morning, the New York Daily News reports.

The 22-year-old victim was walking with a friend around 7 a.m. when Cody Sigue, 22, Matthew Smith, 21, and Tavon Johnson, 17, allegedly screamed profanities and anti-gay slurs at him, according to police.

The man and his friend tried to escape but the group ran after them and started to shoot them. The man was shot in the buttocks, police said.

The victim was taken to Brookdale University, where he was treated for his injuries. He has since been released.

"It's messed up," Daquan Ruddock, 24, a gay man who lives close to the crime scene, told the New York Daily News. "That shows how gay people can't walk around in the street without someone saying something or doing something towards them. It's sad."

After a brief chase on foot, police caught the three attackers, who all live in Brooklyn.

Police charged Johnson and Sigue with menacing and third degree hate crime. Smith was charged with assault in the first degree.

According to police sources, Johnson has one prior arrest for marijuana, Sigue has one prior sealed arrest and Smith has 14 arrests, including robbery.

"It's a violent neighborhood - a lot of things happen," Dowling said. "It's a sad thing it happened to him," Eric Dowling, 30, a barber, told the newspaper. He added that the victim was a customer at the shop.

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