Members of the Las Vegas community are coming out in support after a hangout spot for the transgender community was attacked by a shooter.
The Las Vegas Lounge was shot at several times on Feb. 23, according to PinkNews. The pair of victims in the attack included trans woman Callie Lou-Bee Haywood, who was taken from the scene with a gunshot wound to the leg.
“Contrary to what you may have heard on the news, there was no altercation, there was no interaction what so ever [sic] with the suspect,” Lounge General Manager Jennifer Hallie said in a Feb. 24 Facebook post. “We are fully cooperating with law enforcement which through investigation are treating this as a random act of violence.”
According to Hallie’s post, the bar remained open after the shooting. As of publication, the suspect has not been found by Las Vegas Police.
“You're telling me that this man walked into a bar for trans people, shot a trans woman of color in the leg, and another person in the stomach, with windows so tinted you can't see inside, and a trans pride flag hanging up outside, and it's not a hate crime,” Twitter user AwkwardEggcorn tweeted on Feb. 28.
Hallie launched a GoFundMe on Haywood’s behalf to pay for her medical expenses. According to the website, the fundraiser has raised $6,452 of its $8,000 goal.
According to NewNowNext, several local outlets including Fox 5 KVVU and the Las Vegas Review-Journal did not identify the bar as a transgender hangout in their respective reporting of the incident.