Three shootings at Asian businesses in Dallas may be ‘hate motivated’, police say

Police said Friday that a shooting at a Texas hair salon earlier this week may be linked to two other recent shootings at Asian businesses. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a news conference that police now believe the shootings were “driven by hatred” and are working with other agencies to investigate all three shootings.

“Hate has no place here, so as soon as we see that, we’re going to take this action,” Garcia said.

At about 2:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dallas police responded to reports of a shooting at the Hair World Salon in northwest Dallas after witnesses said an unidentified man dressed in black walked into the salon and began firing. He fled in a red “older” minibus, Garcia said.

Three Korean women suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, which police initially said were not hate-motivated.

But after an investigation, the Dallas Police Department found 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. Both shootings appeared to target Asian companies. No one was injured in both shootings.

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Police are still looking for the person who shot three Korean women at the Hair World salon in Dallas.

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Officials are still looking 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 fitted beard. Every police station has been advised to increase patrols in Asian communities, Garcia said.

The Dallas Police Department is working with the FBI and the agencies that are members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as other local authorities in Texas. They also reach Asian community and business leaders, the Anti-Defamation League, the mayor of Dallas and the mayor’s hate crime advisory council, Garcia said.

Officials say a man shot three women at a Texas hair salon on Wednesday afternoon.

Dallas Police Department via Facebook


A Korean-American town hall meeting is planned to discuss community safety, police said. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Dallas Police Department.

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