A transgender woman was shot dead Saturday night (Feb. 25) outside a shopping center in New Orleans East, according to a relative who identified the victim as Chyna Doll Dupree.
Police said the victim was found shot several times in the 4300 block of Downman Road at about 8:30 p.m. and died at the scene. The Orleans Parish coroner's office will release the victim's name and cause of death.
By 9:30 p.m., police had cordoned off the Bella Plaza shopping center, where a body lay between two cars parked in front of a clothing store. Downman was blocked to southbound traffic.