Second Attack on Trans Woman: Community On Alert
There has been another shooting involving a trans woman on Dix Street NE, very close to the location where Lashai Mclean was recently murdered. Thankfully, this time, no one was hurt. However, police believe that the incidents may be related. In both cases, men approached the women at night and asked for change, and then began opening fire. We are posting the full police report below the cut. You can read media reports at Metro Weekly.
Please be careful, and look out for each other. Avoid walking alone and be extra vigilant, especially in the areas of Northeast between Benning Road and Minnesota Avenue, as well as just across the border into Prince Georges County. We will share more information as it becomes available. For now, please stay safe!
August 2, 2011. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Point of Contact: Gwendolyn.Crump@dc.gov
Metropolitan Police Department
Office of Communications
Police Investigation Involving Victims from the Transgender Community
The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating two separate incidents and is seeking help from the community.
The first crime is the homicide shooting of Lashay Mclean [DCTC note: The original MPD release used her assigned-at-birth name]. This occurred on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the 6100 block of Dix Street NE. The victim and a witness were in the block when two subjects walked directly towards them. One subject started asking a question, and without provocation pulled a semi-automatic handgun and fired, killing the victim. The suspects are described as two black males in their late teens to early 20s. The first suspect is described as being 6-feet-tall with a thin build and light complexion. The shooter is described as being shorter and having a darker complexion than the other suspect. The case is being investigated by the Homicide Branch.
The recent case happened Sunday, July 31, 2011 at approximately 2:45 a.m. The victim was in the 6200 block of Dix Street NE when a suspect approached on foot. The suspect asked for change and without waiting for a reply pulled a semi-automatic handgun and shot at the victim, without hitting the victim. The suspect is described as a black male, 17-19 years old, 5’6″, 180 lbs, dark complexion. The case is being investigated by the Sixth District Detectives Unit.
Both cases involved transgender victims. Due to the similarities of the victims’ sexual self-identification, M.O., locations, and lookout for suspects, the cases are being investigated as a potential emerging pattern.
The Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District, the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) and Prince George’s County Police Department have teamed together to enhance patrol efforts in the area where the crimes have occurred. The GLLU is focusing on making contact with people in the area. We will ensure that flyers are distributed on both crimes.
We are enlisting the support of our outreach partners such as Transgender Health Empowerment (THE) and other members of the Transgender community to join in on sending the message of safety.
- “Do not walk alone.”
- “Report suspicious persons and activities immediately to us.”
We will also seek social services to provide materials that will assist those that work and reside in the area.
The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.
Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to DC CRIME SOLVERS at 1-800-673-2777 and to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.
If the information provided by the caller to the Crime Solvers Unit leads to an arrest and indictment, that caller will be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.