Around 11 p.m. last Friday night, a Latino male driving a red truck allegedly pulled up to a transgender woman, yelled transphobic slurs and shot her multiple times in the chest and arm, according to a Dallas Police Department (DPD) report.
The woman survived and can talk, and police are now asking the public for help in investigating the attack as a hate crime.
Police released images of the suspect’s vehicle, “a red Chevrolet truck with large aftermarket rims” (meaning the rims were bought separately from the vehicle).
Here are images of the truck:
Anyone with information is encouraged to call DPD Detective M. Yeric at 214-283-4803.
CNN reports, “Though Dallas police say they’re treating Friday’s case as a hate crime, Texas is one of 13 states with hate crime laws that cover sexual orientation but not gender identity.”
The publication also reports that the shooting is just the latest in a string of recent attacks on trans women in Dallas.
Since 2015, Dallas has had eight documented murders of trans women in Dallas including 26-year-old Chynal Lindsey in June 2019, 22-year-old Muhlaysia Booker in May 2019, an unidentified 26-year-old stabbing victim in April 2019, 29-year-old Brittany White in Oct. 2018, 39-year-old Nicole Hall and 26-year-old Carla Flores-Pavon both found in May 2018, another unidentified victim in July 2017 and 22-year-old Shade Schuler in July 2015.
Most of these cases remain unsolved. Only the Muhlaysia Booker case resulted in a suspect being arrested and charged.
A 2016 report found that black trans women face the highest rates of violence, making up 72% of all trans victims attacked between 2010 to 2016. Although the FBI added gender identity as a category in its 2014 annual hate crimes report, gender identity is not tracked along with its other self-reported homicide statistics.