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Detroit trans woman shot three times with assault rifle

Two suspects charged in the shooting of a Detroit transgender woman.
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The Detroit News

The shooting of a transgender woman in Detroit on Friday has left her seriously wounded in the hospital and two men charged in connection to the crime.

Authorities say early on November 17, Charles Marion Brown, 21, and Jujuan Alexon Williams, confronted the 36-year-old victim when they emerged from their vehicle. They told her to drop everything and run according to The Detroit News.

The woman did as they instructed and ran away, but Brown fired five shots at her anyway with a semi-automatic rifle, she was hit three times,

The assailants then fled in a Yukon with police in tow. The SUV jumped a curb and struck a concrete barrier, Brown escaping on foot but arrested on Saturday.

The Fair Michigan Justice Project, a non-profit task force that works with law enforcement on crimes against the LGBT community said they assisted Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy who charged the suspects on Friday.

All of this just a day before the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“On the eve of the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, this case illustrates the horrific acts of violence to which transgender persons are subject,” said Fair Michigan President Dana Nessel in a joint statement issued with the Prosecutor’s Office.

“We applaud the Detroit police officers, whose quick response and investigation brought the defendants into custody.”

The charges against Brown include assault with intent to commit murder, armed robbery, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm and being a habitual offender (second offense).

Williams is charged with armed robbery resulting in serious injury, armed robbery, use of a firearm in connection with a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and being a habitual offender (fourth offense)