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Man pulls machete, hatchet, gun on bar patrons

At least three people were injured in an apparent hate crime in a New Bedford bar last night, according to broadcast reports.

WHDH-TV, quoting an employee of Puzzles Lounge on North Front Street, said a man went into the bar around midnight, ordered a drink, then asked if it was a gay bar.

He then pulled out a machete and a hatchet and began attacking some of the 18 people inside. When patrons tried to restrain him, he pulled a gun and fired at least five shots.

Three patrons were shot, two in the face and one at the chest. They were being treated at Boston hospitals this morning.

Police are searching for the shooter.

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