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Lancaster anti-gay graffiti investigated as possible hate crime

L.A. County sheriff's detectives are investigating graffiti scrawls left on the walls of a Lancaster strip mall as a potential hate crime because of their call for violence against homosexuals, authorities said.

Late Saturday night or early Sunday, someone sprayed several anti-gay writings on the walls of three businesses in the strip mall at 44206 10th Street West, said Sgt. Craig Husbands of the Sheriff's Department.

Affected businesses include a hamburger and steak restaurant called the Texas Cattle Company, and a Round Table Pizza eatery, Husbands said.

It was unclear if the scrawls were related to the state of New York's recent approval of gay marriage, he said. The investigation was ongoing.

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