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LGBTQA Reno Community Center Vandalized

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Executives at an LGBTQA community center, OUR Center, say that their building on Wells Avenue was vandalized Tuesday evening.

OUR Center is a non-profit organization that states its mission as dedicating itself to the support, education and advocacy of the LGBTQA community in northern Nevada. OUR Center Vice President Meredith Tanzer says that the vandalism happened while they were still open. She said a person thought to be in a ski mask yelled "get down" and smashed in the front windows with large rocks. 

"It's a scary thing, to be the target of violence, whatever the reason might be. So, we're definitely on edge," says Jeromy Manke, OUR Center President.

Manke says three front windows were broken, as well as the front door. He says he called police, and noted that no other buildings there were hit. 

Reno police are currently searching for the suspect, who they say caused approximately several thousand dollars worth of damage. He is described as possibly being a white male, 6'4", 100-180 pounds, wearing dark colored pants and a red sweatshirt with a dark colored jacket. 

Police say while it's possible this could be a hate crime, that is still yet to be determined. Timothy Broadway, Public Information Officer for the Reno Police Department says, "Until we find the suspect in this case and interview him and find out what his motives were at the time, that is still open."

Manke says OUR Center will operate under normal business hours while they carry out repairs. 

Secret Witness is offering a $500 reward for information. Call 322-4900, or text your tip to 847411. 

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