Oakland police are investigating the shooting death of a 37-year-old transgender woman in downtown Oakland early Sunday morning.
According to press reports, the woman, who has only been identified by friends and family as Brandy, was walking near 13th and Franklin streets at about 6 a.m. when she was shot in front of the Golden Lotus Cafe. Police say she was involved in some type of altercation before the shooting.
Community organizations have said they believe the shooting was motivated by hate. According to Oakland Occupy Patriarchy, a branch of Occupy Oakland, Brandy was shot by a man who had "become enraged and shot her when he realized she was trans."
We put in a call to the Oakland Police Department to confirm these details. We will tell you more when we know more.