Detroit, Mich. – A man from Detroit allegedly used the social networking app Grindr to lure and later shoot two other man because they were homosexual. The suspect was arrested and has been charged.
Demetris N., 26-year-old, used the social media app to schedule meetings with other men he intended to rob. Unfortunately, the robbery didn’t go as planned and Demetris shot two people.
One man died as a result of the shooting, while the other one suffered serious injuries. The shooter has been charged with first-degree murder and felony murder in connection with the fatal shooting and assault with intent to murder in connection with the shooting of a 26-year-old man, who is in critical condition.
Demetris is also charged with assault with the intent to rob while armed, felon in possession of a firearm and four counts of felony firearm.
Prosecutors say Demetris shot the two men during the course of an attempted robbery. Demetris, prosecutors allege, targeted the two people because they were gay.
“The allegations are that social media contacts were used to target, contact, rob, fatally shoot one gay man, and seriously wound another gay man. To some this will be just another hateful and violent act in America. They will read about this case and continue to go about their day. To me, that is quite tragic.” – prosecutor said.
“We are saddened and outraged by this despicable crime,” Fair Michigan President said in a statement. “This case is just the most recent example of how members of Detroit’s LGBTQ community are too often targets of violence.
Fair Michigan assists Michigan law enforcement officers and prosecutors solve crimes against LGBTQ people.
Nelson allegedly confessed to the crimes, according to reports.