Trans woman shot in suspected hate crime attack

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A transgender woman in Mississippi required hospitalization after being shot in leg in a suspected transphobic hate crime attack. The 22-year-old victim was shot by a stranger during an altercation at a Waffle House in Southaven, Mississippi last Friday. The victim was targeted with anti-transgender abuse inside the restaurant, according to reports, before being shot in the leg in the parking lot while attempting to leave. 23-year-old Jimtarius Hampton of Memphis has been charged with aggravated assault over the incident. The police consider hate crime charges as well but it is yet to be proven. “It’s just a hate crime. That’s all I can tell you. It was a hate crime and she was targeted for being transgender. She was shot in her leg, both of her legs. And the bullets went through her leg and broke her femur. She’s gonna be okay. She’s got to have surgery. She’s gonna get a rod and a plate put in her leg,” said the victim’s friend

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