A man and his husband were walking through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, while on vacation. They’d had a night of dancing and were heading back to the condo where they were staying when they heard a man shout something and shoot at them.
It was 2:30 a.m. and the bullet struck Carl Blea, going through his thigh, the Palm Springs Desert Sun reported. His husband, Marc Lange, said that the two were lucky as Blea acted quickly and tried to pull the two to safety.
Speaking by phone from the hospital, Lange confessed he feared they would both be dead if they didn’t act so fast. The two both believe that they think they were the target of a hate crime because they are gay. Lange went on to call it “a random act of hatred.” Despite local news reports claiming it was a robbery, he said he’s told the police what happened multiple times.
Local news even reported that there was a struggle between the gunman and the couple, but Lange said that he’s concerned local authorities are attempting to cover up the incident because it would hurt tourism. The city is a popular beach town for American travelers.
“We never uttered a word to [the gunman],” Lange said.
“This was not a robbery went bad. It was a hate crime as Carl Blea and I were walking hand in hand,” Lange later wrote on Facebook. “We never spoke to the man who shot us. He yelled at us and then pulled out a gun and shot at us. This is not correct. We told 3 different set of police officials the same story. There were no witnesses, the street was empty.”
Blea and Lange are both real estate agents with HOM Sotheby’s International Realty. They hope to return home Monday.
The gunman has yet to be found.