Police in Dallas is investigating a shooting attack on a transgender woman as a possible hate crime. The Friday night incident comes amid community concern over a series of attacks on transgender women in the city.
On Sunday, they have asked for help identifying the suspect in the latest attack, releasing a picture of his red Chevrolet truck, releasing information to the public that the unidentified man pulled up alongside the victim as she was walking just after 11 p.m., yelled a number of slurs regarding her gender identity and then opened fire, striking her multiple times in the chest and arm. Read on to find out more about the incident.
Not the first, won’t be the last
Attacks on transgender women in Dallas have drawn concern from advocates nationwide, but police on Monday said there’s no evidence linking the latest attack to any other incidents. In June, a 22-year-old man was arrested on a murder charge in the death of a transgender woman Chynal Lindsey, whose body was found in a Dallas lake.
The same month, 33-year-old Kendrell Lavar Lyles was arrested on murder charges in the deaths of three other women in Dallas, including 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker in May. The two other murder victims were reportedly not transgender.
An unjust target
In another case, the death of a transgender woman who was found in a Dallas field in July 2017 remains open and is being investigated as an unexplained death. Advocacy groups say attacks on transgender people in the U.S. are on the rise, as reported by CBS This Morning. Last year, the Human Rights Campaign tracked at least 26 deaths due to fatal violence. The majority of victims were black transgender women.
Call for change
The department that was handling the case had issued a statement to CBS News stating its duty and commitment to the public safety of all residents and understands the LGBTQ community’s concerns, the center of which includes the safety concerns of the transgender community both locally and nationally.