Police are investigating the shooting of a transgender person early Monday morning in Southeast D.C.
The shooting took place just before 2 a.m. in the 2300 block of Savannah Street SE, police said. The attack appears to be non-fatal; the victim was conscious when transported to the hospital.
This is the third reported shooting of a transgender person in the District this summer, officials said.
The two earlier attacks — one of which was fatal — occurred one block and 11 days apart in Northeast Washington.
On July 20, 23-year-old Myles Mclean, who was also known by friends as Lashay, was shot about 4:30 a.m. in the 6110 block of Dix Street. Police said two men approached Mclean and one asked a question. Then, before waiting for an answer, one of the men pulled out a semiautomatic handgun and opened fire. Mclean was killed.
On July 31, at about 2:45 a.m., a man approached a transgender person in the same neighborhood, asked for change and pulled a semiautomatic handgun without waiting for a response.
The man shot the gun, but missed the victim, police said. That attack was in the 6200 block of Dix Street NE. Police said they were investigating the shootings as a “potential emerging pattern.”
Transgender rights have been in the spotlight in the region since April, when a 22-year-old transgender woman was brutally attacked at a suburban Baltimore McDonald’s.
It is unknown whether Monday’s shooting is related to the earlier shootings. Stay with PostLocal.com as more details become available.