Chattanooga Police are investigating a beating they say could be classified as a hate crime.
Police say the incident happened on Sunday morning just after 2 a.m. in the 2400 block of Dodson Avenue.
The victim told investigators four individuals attacked him at the same time. The victim advised that during the assault, the assailants shouted gay slurs and he was struck in the face with a hand gun.
The next day, the victim identified three of the four suspects.
Police say the charges were upgraded to Aggravated Assault and classified as a hate crime due to the nature of the assault.
Warrants have been issued on the three identified subjects.
The victim, Terrance Eberhardt, has contacted NewsChannel9 and said that he has had to have two metal plates put in his mouth, forcing it to be wired shut.
"It’s a lot of hatred going on in the city between gangs and the homosexual community," he told us via email. Eberhardt also provided photos of his injuries.
Eberhardt says he is 19 years old and a recent graduate of Howard High School.
Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding this crime to call 423-698-2525.
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