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Trans Woman Shot and Wounded in Detroit Altercation

Detroit attack

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

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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