WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A march is being planned to support victims of recent hate crimes in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood.

Organizers planned the march for Tuesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the IHOP restaurant at 14th and Irving streets. The suspects in the shooting are still at large.

Last Sunday, a gay man was shot at the restaurant and was left critically wounded. Police classified that shooting as a hate crime.

The march also supports the victim of a severe beating and robbery of a gay man March 12 at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street. The beating left the man with a broken jaw. It was classified as an anti-gay hate crime. A day later, a transgender woman was assaulted and knocked unconscious in northeast Washington.

The march concludes at a benefit to raise money for hospital bills for a victim.

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