Police probe shooting pattern: 2 transgender people targeted

By Andrea Noble- The Washington Times

Members of the District’s transgender community fear they are being targeted after two attacks on the same block in two weeks during which transgender women were shot at with no provocation.

“These particular incidents sound like a serial killer, like they are particularly targeting transgender women,” said Jeri Hughes, a D.C. transgender activist.

The shootings, one of them fatal, occurred in a Northeast neighborhood known as a hangout for transgender people. Due to the similarities in the crimes and the suspect descriptions, the cases are being investigated as a “potential emerging pattern,” metropolitan police said.

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Both patrol units and the police department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit will provide extra patrols in the area surrounding the 6200 block of Dix Street Northeast, where the most recent attack occurred Sunday, police said Tuesday.

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