WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Police in the District are classifying last Sunday’s shooting at an IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights as a hate crime.

The same classification has been placed on the attacks of a gay man and transgender woman the following the day, All News 99.1 has confirmed.

Metropolitan Police are searching for two suspects, a man and a woman, in connection with the first case. A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to their arrest.

Authorities say a gay male in his early 30’s was shot at an IHOP restaurant at 14th and Irving streets about 6:30 Sunday morning. Police say the victim had been involved in argument with another man prior to the shooting.

The shooter in the case was described as a black male, roughly 6-feet-1 with dreadlocks. The woman is described as having a light-skinned complexion and a heavyset build.

The next day, a 29-year-old gay man a was beaten around the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW. The transgender woman was assaulted at the intersection of West Virginia Avenue and Mt. Olivet Street NE later that night.


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