Dallas shooting: police say a transgender woman was seriously injured after being shot multiple times and they are treating the attack as a hate crime.
A man who was driving a pickup truck pulled up with the woman on Friday, screamed loudly about her gender identity and opened fire several times, hitting her chest and hand.
Authorities say the woman’s injuries prevented her from speaking to her until Sunday when she relayed the shooting details.
Police are searching for a red four-door pickup with large wheel rims and have posted pictures and details of the crime on their website.
The Dallas Police Department is offering a $ 5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest and indictment.
Friday’s shooting follows three fatal attacks on transgender women in Texas this year – two in Dallas. Weeks after she was beaten, Muhlesia Booker, 23, was shot dead in Dallas on May 18, and a 33-year-old man was arrested in connection with her death and the deaths of two other women.
Chynal Lindsay, 26, was found dead in Lake Dallas on June 1, and a 22-year-old teenager was arrested in her murder. Tracy Single, 22, was killed in Houston on July 30 and a 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with her death.
At least 18 transgender women, including three in Texas, were murdered in 2019, according to figures from the Human Rights Commission.
Violence against transgender women of color has become an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. At the LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Iowa on Friday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Focused on the violence faced by transgender women by reading their names.
Two other Senate Democrats running for the presidency, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey used their social media platforms to speak on the issue, and Booker brought it up during a Democratic debate in Miami in June.
“We don’t talk enough about trans-Americans, especially trans African Americans, and the murder rate in particular,” Booker tweeted shortly after the debate.
“It’s not enough to be in the equality law. Every day we have to have a president who is fighting to protect LGBTQ Americans.”