A transgender woman was repeatedly shot in her home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, on Wednesday afternoon. The unnamed victim, who was shot in the face and several times in the arm, was targeted by a man she knows, said police spokesman Av Harris.
The shooting left her in serious but stable condition. In addition, she is unable to speak due to a broken jaw and must resort to pen and paper to communicate. A neighbor told News 12 that he heard shots fired, then saw the victim stagger out of the house.
He said he tried to comfort her while they waited for help to arrive.
Another neighbor, Alexandra Molina, said she didn’t know of anyone who had problems with the victim, who has reportedly lived in Bridgeport for a number of years and is well-liked by the community. “She’s like my sister,” Molina added. “I can’t believe this happened. I don’t know what to say.”
Police are investigating the shooting as a possible hate crime, though there have been no arrests so far.
More than 25% of transgender people face a bias-driven violence, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. Earlier this month, a transgender woman in Charlotte had her jaw broken by a man she knew while they were riding on a city bus, after he turned their argument violent.
In 2017, at least 27 transgender people were killed in the United States alone. At least eight transgender Americans have been murdered so far in 2018, putting this year on track to be the deadliest on record for the community.