Prosecutors: Man solicited sex from transgender woman before shooting

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A man arrested in connection with the recent shooting of a transgender woman in the District solicited the woman for sex before he shot her, according to court records.

The victim, who suffered non-life-theatening injuries, picked up Darryl Willard Jr., 20, in her car in Southeast, according to an affidavit filed in the case. The two drove around for about 15 minutes. During the drive, Mr. Willard requested oral sex from the woman, with whom he had previously had paid sexual encounters, the documents filed in D.C. Superior Court state. She declined and stopped to let him out of the car near 23rd Street and Savannah Street in Southeast.

After Mr. Willard exited the car, he turned around, pointed a handgun at the woman and said, “Give me what you got. Where’s your money at?”

The woman refused to give Mr. Willard money, at which point he shot at her, striking her in the neck, court documents state.

The woman drove away, and upon realizing she was shot stopped at the Seventh District Police Station on Alabama Avenue.

She was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Mr. Willard, of the 1700 block of Benning Road in Northeast, turned himself in to police on Tuesday and was charged with assault with intent to kill while armed. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Friday.

Police said the shooting did not appear to be related to two earlier shootings this summer that targeted transgendered women.

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