Thursday night at around 9:55pm, a transgender woman named Cassidy (aka Nathan Vickers) was shot in the chest and killed in Hollywood on Lexington Avenue and Gower Street.
Police believe the same suspect may have been responsible for the attempted robbery of another African American transgender woman in Plummer Park in West Hollywood. The LAPD Crime Alert says the incident apparently occurred around 10:25 pm when the suspect "fired at the victim once with a black semi-automatic pistol." The Alert says: "Suspect should be considered armed and dangerous."
LAPD Det. Jim Hays says that the suspect is described as a Black male, around 5' 9" tall, about 150 pounds, in his mid 20s-to-30 years old, with light facial hair, wearing a possible dark, hooded sweatshirt. He is believed to be a possible transient. He was last seen leaving Plummer Park riding a Beach-Cruiser-type bicycle.
Hays says the LAPD and the West Hollywood Sheriff's station are working closely together to find the suspect but would appreciate the public's help. If you have any information - please contact:
AFTER HOURS CONTACT HOLLYWOOD WATCH COMMANDER AT (213) 485-4628.
Police sketch of the subject is after the break.