DETROIT (WWJ) – Shocking video has been released as Detroit police search for a suspect who shot and robbed a transgender woman along Woodward Avenue.
The incident unfolded around 1:45 a.m. Friday near a bus stop at Worcester Place, just north of 6 Mile Road.
The 36-year-old victim told police she was walking in the area when a red GMC Yukon pulled up and a three-man team robbed her at gunpoint. Police say one of the suspects shot the victim before they fled the scene.
The victim, whose name was not released, was taken to the hospital and last reported in serious condition.
Detroit police, along with Detroit Public Schools police, pursued the Yukon for roughly six miles until the SUV hit a barricade near Russell and Leland streets in Midtown and came to a rest. At that point, police say the suspects got out of the vehicle and started running.
One of the suspects, a 29-year-old man, was taken into custody — but the other suspect got away. Police recovered a long gun inside the vehicle.
As an investigation continues, police have released HD video of the incident, captured on a camera at a closed Project Green Light business. The chilling footage shows the suspects pull up and approach the victim — who is holding her handbag in one hand and a small knife in the other. One is armed with a rifle which he points at the victim.
The victim then drops her handbag, and — although the video provided by police cuts off before this point — police say she was gunned down as she tried to flee.
As police seek help to identity the gunman still at large, they note that the man already in custody is the one seen in the video wearing University of Michigan pants.
Anyone with any information about to this crime is asked to call Detroit police at 313-596-5840 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.