Hunt on for killer of transvestite prostitute

RIVIERA BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The hunt is on for the person Riviera Beach Police said robbed and killed a man on Saturday. Investigators now believe the victim was targeted for being a transvestite prostitute.

Police originally suspected Saturday's shooting in the 500 block of West 5th Street that killed Tyrell Jackson and injured Michael Hunter was a drive-by shooting.

Investigators now believe the shooter in Saturday's incident might be tied to a string of other similar armed robberies that happened in the area around the same time.

Investigators said when the suspect pulled out a gun, Jackson and Hunter tried running and were shot while fleeing. Hunter survived and Jackson later died.

Later Saturday night, West Palm Beach police said two similar armed robberies took place, both involving transvestite prostitutes.

West Palm Beach Police spokesperson Allen Ortman said both robberies took place near 25th Street and Flagler Drive. Ortman said the first victim was shot and robbed and the other was robbed.

Riviera Beach Police spokesperson Rose Anne Brown said the men could have been targeted by the suspect because their purses were easy targets and because the victims might have felt uncomfortable reporting the crime.

"There may be other incidents because sometimes things like this happen and the people do not report it. You know they're safe at the end of it so they don't report it," said Brown.

Police said the victims all had a similar suspect description of a light-skinned African American or Hispanic male driving a small, silver SUV.

Anyone with information should call Riviera Beach Police.

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