Friends of Mississippi Waffle House shooting victim say the incident was a hate crime

From the article:

Friends of the 22-year-old victim say she walked into the Southaven Waffle House and was verbally abused by a stranger, simply because she’s a transgender woman.

Southaven Police confirm an argument followed and that when the victim tried to walk away, the suspect shot her.

“She was shot in her leg, both of her legs. And the bullets went through her leg and broke her femur,” said the victim’s friend. “She’s gonna be okay. She’s got to have surgery. She’s gonna get a rod and a plate put in her leg.”

Source: Friends of Southaven Waffle House shooting victim say the incident was a hate crime

I’m not holding my breath for a hate crime designation because Mississippi is a hellhole for LGBTQ rights, and their hate crime statute does not cover sexuality or gender identity.