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Trans Woman's Shooting in Dallas Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

Suspect vehicle
Dallas Police Department

Police are looking for a Latino male in a red pickup truck. A trans woman said the suspect shot her in the chest and arm.

A trans woman was shot Friday evening in Dallas in an apparent hate crime.

Dallas police say the woman, whose name has not been released, was walking in northwest Dallas when a man pulled up and started yelling "slurs about her gender identity," according to The Dallas Morning News.

Then the suspect shot the woman multiple times in the neck and arm.

The shooting took place at 11:05 p.m. Friday, according to a public release by the police department.

Police could not speak to the victim until Sunday because of her injuries. But based on the account, they are treating the shooting as a hate crime.

Police have not released a full description of a suspect, but say he was a Latino male. Law enforcement released surveillance pictures of a vehicle, a four-door red Chevrolet pickup with after-market rims, suspected to be involved.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or indictment.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dallas Det. M. Yeric at (214) 283-4803 or call Crime Stoppers at (214) 373-TIPS.

There have already been at least 19 transgender women murdered in the U.S. in 2019 so far, most women of color. That includes three women -- Bailey Reeves, Bee Love Slater and Ja'Leyah-Jamar -- killed in September alone. There were also two murdered within days in Dallas this summer -- Muhlaysia Booker, killed a month after being attacked in the parking lot of an apartment complex, and Chynal Lindsey.

Constant reports of violence against our community are difficult to read, especially as we continue to face historic rates. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach out to the Anti-Violence Project's free bilingual (English/Spanish) national hotline at (212) 714-1141 or report online for support.

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