Transgender woman shot to death while pounding on door in South L.A.
(WPIX 11.com) LOS ANGELES – A young transgender woman was pounding on the door of a South Los Angeles home, begging for help, when a car pulled up and someone shot her to death, police say.
Deshawnda Sanchez, 21, ran up to the home on South Wilton Place and West 62nd Street around 4 am.
“She was definitely at that door, pounding on that door seeking help,” LAPD Detective Christopher Barling told KTLA.
By the time the occupants got to the door, however it was too late. Gunshots rang out and Sanchez, known as “Tata” to her friends, was fatally injured.
It’s not clear what connection, if any, Sanchez might have had with the residents of the home.
The incident was recorded by a neighbor’s personal surveillance camera. A car can be seen pulling up to the front of the house, one person gets out and runs up to the porch, and then, seconds later, runs back to the car and drives off.
“The footage, it was heartbreaking,” Sanchez’ sister Diana Williams told reporters.
No arrests have been made and police are not ruling out the possibility of a hate crime, although detectives say they believe she may have been running from a robber.