Police stated Friday that the shooting at Texas’s hair salon this week could be linked to other shootings of Asian-owned businesses. Police Chief Eddie Garcia of Dallas stated that they now suspect the shootings were “hate-motivated”. He said in a press conference, adding that other agencies are working together to investigate each shooting.
” Hate has no place in this area, so we will take action as soon as we can.” Garcia stated.
At around 2: 20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department responded to reports of a shooting at Hair World Salon located in northwest Dallas after witnesses said an unknown man dressed in all black walked into the salon and began shooting. Garcia stated that he fled in an “older” red minivan.
Three Korean women were shot in the head. Police initially said that they didn’t believe it was hate-motivated.
But following an investigation, Dallas police learned that witnesses to two drive-by shootings in Dallas on April 2 and May 10 reported seeing a suspect flee in a similar vehicle — described as a red or burgundy van or car. The shootings seemed to have targeted Asian-owned businesses. Both shootings did not result in any injuries.
Officials are still searching for the suspect, who is described as a 5’7″ to 5’10” Black man with a thin build and curly medium-length hair, as well as a connecting beard. Garcia stated that every police station was advised to intensify patrols in Asian neighborhoods.
Dallas officers are working alongside the FBI, member agencies of FBI’s joint terrorist task force and other Texas authorities. Garcia stated that they are reaching out to the Asian community, business leaders, as well as the Anti-Defamation League and mayor’s anti-hate crimes advisory council.
” The possibility of dealing with a gunman motivated by hatred is disturbing and chilling,” Mayor Eric Johnson stated in a Friday night statement. “And I want the Asian American community in Dallas, which has been subject to increasing hostility over the past few years, to know that Dallas City and its people stand by them. The anti-hate crime council of the mayor offered their “unwavering support” to those affected by the hate crime and stated that it stood “in solidarity” with the Asian American community. “
A Korean American town hall meeting has been scheduled to discuss safety in the community, according to police. Anyone with any information regarding the incident is asked to call the Dallas Police Department.
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