The Gainesville Police Department (GPD) released the identity of the suspect who allegedly shot at a transgender person at a bus stop near Pine Ridge on Monday.
According to GPD spokesperson Joseph Castor, the suspect was identified by the victim as 28-year-old Samuel Serrano. A sworn complaint is being sent to the State Attorney’s Office for a filing decision, Castor said.
The incident occurred at 2:26 p.m. Monday when GPD officers responded to the area of NW 23rd Terrace and NW 34th Boulevard after a report of gunfire. Upon arrival, the victim told officers that the suspect approached while the victim was sitting at a bus stop.
According to the GPD report, “The suspect attempted to talk to the victim, but when the suspect got close enough and realized that the victim was a biological male who presents as a transgender female, he got angry. According to the victim and a witness, the suspect produced a handgun from his waist and fired a shot at the victim. The victim advised that the bullet grazed him. The suspect fled.”