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Trans Woman Shot and Wounded in Detroit Altercation

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The victim is expected to recover; police aren't sure yet if the incident was a hate crime.

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A 29-year-old transgender woman was shot and wounded during an altercation at a Mobil gas station in Detroit Monday evening.

The victim, whose name has not been released, and the male suspect reportedly exchanged words and struggled over the suspect's gun prior to the shooting.

"As the victim attempted to take the weapon from the suspect, the victim was shot," Detroit police told MLive, a site for several Michigan newspapers. "After the shooting, the suspect fled the location."

The woman was taken to a local hospital, and she is expected to recover, reports Detroit TV station WDIV.

Police haven't determined yet if the victim's gender identity motivated the crime. "Any time there's a crime, it's tragic," Detroit Police Chief James Craig told WDIV. "Certainly, this community wants to know: Is it a hate crime? What is it? ... It's too early to tell, but we'll get more information."

Some area residents who attended a candlelight vigil Tuesday said they wouldn't be surprised if the incident was a hate crime. "Especially if it's somewhere in this area, where transgender women are targeted," Cierra Burks told the station. "I'm glad she fought back. I'm glad she's still here."

The suspect left the scene in a black SUV, possibly a Ford Explorer, WDIV reports. The shooting and his getaway were captured on surveillance video. Police are asking anyone with information about the crime to call the department at (313) 596-2200.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.