ETA: We now know the officer’s name: Kenneth Furr. He has been charged with DWI and assault with a deadly weapon. We have also learned that he was previously removed from the force and then re-instated, and that he was not authorized to carry a weapon. We still don’t know what caused the altercation or what Officer Furr’s motives were. Regardless, it is inexcusable for a police officer to open fire on individuals for any reason. This is another typical example of the violence that trans women face, and we demand justice!
Today, we were notified by the Metropolitan Police Department of a shooting involving transgender individuals in the area of First and Pierce Streets NW around 5:30 AM this morning. We are still attempting to gather information, but preliminary accounts indicate two vehicles collided at the site, one driven by an off-duty MPD officer, and the other containing five people, three of whom are trans. The off-duty officer jumped on top of the car and fired a weapon inside, hitting at least three people inside. Community activists have visited the two trans women in the hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. One other person was also wounded. We have learned that the shooter and at least one victim may have known each other previously, and had an altercation at a nearby store before the shooting, but we do not yet know the nature of their relationship.