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The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) is investigating a shooting involving a transgender woman that occurred Thursday morning in the 6000 block of Eads Street NE, in the District’s East Corner.
Affiliate members of the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) were on scene as the initial responders, according to an email update sent to members of MPD’s Critical Incident Team by GLLU.
The victim was taken to a local hospital and is described as “conscious and breathing.”
The neighborhood in which the incident took place has long been a hangout for transgender individuals, but several high-profile anti-transgender attacks have occurred in the area in recent years, including the shooting death of Lashai Mclean in July 2011, followed by another attempted shooting of a transgender woman two days after Mclean’s death. Other anti-trans attacks that have occurred within a mile radius from the site of Thursday’s shooting include the 2002 double-murder of transgender women Stephanie Thomas and Ukea Davis and the 2012 stabbing of Deoni Jones.
Metro Weekly will have further updates when more information becomes available.