Police Probe Shooting Pattern; Two Transgender People Targeted

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Police Probe Shooting Pattern; Two Transgender People Targeted


Byline: 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.

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.

The incident unfolded at about 2:45 a.m., when a man fired shots at a transgender woman but missed, police said. The man had approached the woman asking for change but pulled out a handgun and fired before she could respond.

The slaying two weeks ago of Myles Lashay Mclean, 23, played out in much the same manner.

Mclean was out July 20 in the 6100 block of Dix Street at about 4:30 a.m. when two men directly approached her and another person. One of the men started to ask a question, then pulled out a handgun and shot Mclean, police said.

The area where both women were targeted, near the city's Eastern Avenue border with Prince George's County, is a regular focus for joint-agency crackdowns on prostitution, said Prince George's police spokesman Cpl. …

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