A shooting reported early Tuesday in Sylmar that left one person in critical condition is being investigated as a hate crime by Los Angeles police.
Police responded to reports of a shooting around 1:20 a.m. at a convenience store near Polk Street and Foothill Boulevard, authorities said. When officers arrived, they found the gunshot victim on the ground.
The unidentified victim was taken to hospital in critical condition, police said.
Officers said the victim was speaking with another person when a suspect “made derogatory and offensive comments” regarding the victim’s clothing and appearance, according to KTLA.
The victim was wearing women’s clothing, officials said.
The suspect fired several shots and then fled, police officials said.
Bamby Salcedo, president and CEO of activist TransLatin @ Coalition, told KTLA that she hopes “all this hate stops.”
“Trans people and other people, especially minority groups, are constantly under violent attack simply because of who we are,” Salcedo told KTLA.
No information on the suspect was available.
Los Angeles Times