Transgender attacks investigated in D.C.
Updated: July 2, 2013 - 08:55 pm
A rash of attacks on transgender women in the District has advocates for their community outraged and frightened. Two more attacks this weekend sparked urgent calls for an end to violence and more understanding.
Two attacks occurred early Saturday morning. Police say shortly after 4 a.m., a transgender woman was shot during a robbery attempt in the area of 5th and K streets Northeast. The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police are looking for two men in that attack.
About a half-hour earlier, in another part of the city, police say a transgender woman was sexually assaulted by a man who offered her a ride. The attacks do not appear to be related.
Last week a drag performer's assault at a pizza parlor was caught on camera. Police are looking for suspects in that attack.
Advocates for the transgender community say this is an example of ignorance and hate-driven violence, but they fear this is also an example of a trend in the District.
With the usual spike in crime in D.C. during the summer months, members of the transgender community fear this summer could be one of the most dangerous times for them.
Anyone with information is asked to call police.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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