Baltimore police are investigating after Alphonza Watson, a 38-year-old transgender woman, was shot dead on Wednesday. “At this time, we don’t have a lot to go on,” police spokesman T.J. Smith said. “What we know is that there was apparently some sort of argument that took place.”‘ According to police, witnesses said that they heard someone yelling for help and then heard two gunshots before they saw two men run to a vehicle and flee in it. Smith said that police did not yet have a motive in the shooting and did not know for sure if the shooting had been motivated by the fact that Watson was transgender, though he did note that “that’s a vulnerable community that has had some issues in the past.” Police asked anyone with information to call homicide detectives at 410-396-2100, text a tip to 443-902-4824, or call Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
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