By Rahel Solomon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police are investigating the death of a transgender woman in Philadelphia’s Hunting Park neighborhood, who they say was assaulted by a group of males and shot.READ MORE: Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley Resigns Over Mishandling Of Remains Belonging To Victims Of 1985 MOVE Bombing
Police are being very careful not to call this a hate crime at this time, but they tell CBS 3 Eyewitness News they are investigating that possibility.
“Didn’t have a life yet, it sad, it’s really sad,” said a neighbor.
Neighbors found the news shocking Tuesday, Philadelphia Police now investigating the murder of who friends tell CBS 3 is 22-year-old Kiesha Jenkins.
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Police received reports of a shooting around 2:30 a.m. When police arrived, they found Jenkins shot twice in the back.
“The decedent had just gotten out of a vehicle at that location, was assaulted by five or six unidentified males,” said Philadelphia Police Captain James Clark.
Police say it is too soon to call this a hate crime, but they are actively investigating that possibility.
“We’ll talk to more people, and then we’ll get to the bottom of it. When the autopsy results come back, different things, and we’ll put everything together and then from that we’ll see if it’s classified as a hate crime or not,” said Capt. Clark.
Eyewitness News is told detectives are going to be canvassing the area and looking for surveillance as they try to identify the five to six people they believe are responsible.MORE NEWS: Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Urges Voters To Choose 'No' On Ballot Questions That Would Limit Executive Order Powers
Anyone with information is asked to contact police 215-686-TIPS.