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Gunman sought in killing of transgender woman in Hollywood

November 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Authorities are searching for a man suspected of shooting a transgender woman dead in Hollywood and firing a shot at another about half an hour later in West Hollywood.

Nathan Henry Vickers, 32, was shot and killed about 9:55 p.m. Thursday near Lexington Avenue and Gower Street, an area of Hollywood known for street prostitution. The gunman fled on foot.

At 10:25 p.m., another transgender woman was shot at during an attempted robbery a little more than a mile away at Plummer Park. The suspect fired at the victim once with a semiautomatic pistol.

Nobody was hurt in the second incident.

"It's very disturbing," said West Hollywood resident Kathy Blaivis. "I'd like to say it's the first time I've heard about a gun in the park, but it's not."

Investigators said they believe the same man was responsible for both shootings. He is described as a black man, 5-foot-9, about 150 pounds and in his mid 20s to mid 30s. He had a medium complexion with light facial hair. Police said he may be a transient and may have been riding a bicycle.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department at (877) 527-3247.

Coincidentally, Plummer Park is the starting point for the 13th annual Transgender Day Of Remembrance March and Program on Sunday. The event begins at 1 p.m.


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