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Man admits to yelling transphobic slurs and shooting transgender woman, Dallas police say

2019-09-26

Dallas police have arrested a suspect in the shooting of a transgender woman that occurred over the weekend in northwest Dallas.

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Domingo Ramirez-Cavente, a Latin male, in the shooting of Rony Calderon, a 35-year old Latin transgender woman.

Police said they identified a vehicle that matched the suspect’s car, which had been seen on multiple cameras. Officers then arrested Ramirez-Cavente for traffic violations and took him to the police headquarters, where he was interviewed.

They read him his rights, and he agreed to speak with the detectives, police said. When he did, the suspect admitted to the details of the offense, including shooting the victim.

According to the arrest warrant, Ramirez-Cavente was driving a red Chevrolet truck when he approached Calderon on Friday around 11 p.m. He “began speaking speaking derogatorily of gay and transgender people.”

Fearing the suspect’s hostility, Calderon walked away towards a bus stop. The suspect saw that she was standing alone at the stop and “drove his truck to the curb next to the victim.”

He then grabbed a handgun and “fired multiple times, striking the complainant,” the warrant of arrest and detention states.

Calderon was taken to an area hospital, where she had to undergo surgery.

Because of the gravity of her injuries detectives were only able to speak to her to verify the facts of the incident on Monday, two days after the incident.

Ramirez-Cavente has been charged with aggravated assault, and he is currently in jail. His bond hasn’t yet been set.