Police said Friday that the shooting at a hairdresser in Texas earlier this week could be related to two other recent shootings at an Asian business. Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said at a press conference that police now believe the shootings were “out of hate” and are working with other agencies to investigate all three shootings.
“There is no place for hate here,” Garcia said. “The moment we see it, we will take action.”
At around 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday, the Dallas Police Department was dispatched after eyewitness accounts of the shooting at the Hairworld salon in northwest Dallas. He fled the scene in a red “old-fashioned” minivan, Garcia said.
Police said three Korean women suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting, presumably not motivated by hate.
However, after investigation, Dallas Police reported that eyewitnesses of two drive-by shootings in Dallas on April 2 and May 10 reported that they saw the suspect fleeing in a red or burgundy van or similar vehicle depicted as a car. came to know Both shootings appear to be aimed at companies run by Asians. No one was injured in both shots.
Authorities are still looking for a suspect, described as a black male 5’7″ to 5’10” with a thin build, curly medium length hair and a linked beard. Garcia said all police departments had been advised to step up patrols in Asia.
The Dallas Police Department works with the FBI and member agencies of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, as well as other Texas local authorities. According to Garcia, they are also contacting Asian community and business leaders, the Alliance Against Defamation, and the mayor of Dallas and the mayor’s hate crime advisory board.
According to the police, a Korean town hall meeting is scheduled to discuss safety in the community. Those with information about the incident are urged to contact the Dallas Police Department.