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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 08/02/2011

D.C. police investigate attacks on transgenders

District police are investigating possible links between two recent attacks, one which was fatal, against transgender persons in Northeast, police said Tuesday. 

Around 2:45 a.m. on Sunday, a man approached a transgender person in the 6200 block of Dix Street NE and asked for change, police said.

Before the person could answer, the man pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot at the victim. The victim was not hit, police said.  

The attack may be linked to the killing of a 23-year-old transgender person in Northeast last month under similar circumstances, police said.

 Myles Mclean, who was also known to friends as Lashay Mclean, was fatally shot around 4:30 a.m. July 20 in the 6110 block of Dix Street NE. 

Mclean and a witness were in the area when two male subjects walked up to them, police said. One asked a question, then pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and shot at Mclean, according to police.

The two suspects in Mclean's death are described as black males in their late teens to early 20s. The shooter in both attacks is about 5-foot-6-inches and 180 pounds, police said.

Police are investigating the attacks as a "potential emerging pattern," given the nature and location of the crimes, according to Officer Tisha Gant, a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman. 

The attacks are not classified as hate crimes at this point, and police are investigating motive, Gant said. 

The department's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit will be working with outreach partners and members of the transgender community to raise safety awareness, police said.

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