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Transgender Woman Shot In Southeast DC

3:00 PM, Sep 12, 2011   |    comments
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Scene of the transgender woman shooting

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - DC Police are investigating another violent crime involving a transgender person. 

Police tell 9 NEWS NOW a transgender woman drove herself to the 7th District police station in the 2400 block of Alabama Avenue in Southeast around 2:00 a.m. after being shot in the neck. Police say investigators have determined the shooting actually occurred in the 2300 block of Savannah Street a short time earlier.

Officers say the victim was conscious and breathing when she was transported to a local hospital. Her current condition is unknown at this time.

Police are looking for a dark complected man known as "Tyrone". The suspect was last seen wearing dark pants and a tan shirt.

Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown issued the following statement about violent attacks on transgender persons in D.C.:

"I am deeply saddened and appalled at the recent spate of attacks on transgender persons in our community, the most recent of which took place this weekend.

Bias crimes of any sort are not to be tolerated anywhere in the nation, but most especially in the Nation's Capital. It is my hope that all citizens will be sensitive and tolerant where issues of gender diversity are involved. I urge the Metropolitan Police's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit to heighten patrols across the city to investigate and swiftly bring to justice those persons involved in such heinous acts. I also want to commend transgender activists for their work to bring awareness to his issue, and to ensure that the transgender community enjoys a quality of life without the threat of violence or discrimination."

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