A shooting at a Dallas hair salon that injured three Korean women may be part of a series of shootings targeting Asian businesses, police said Friday.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said a similar vehicle had been used in three recent shootings, including Wednesday’s attack on a hair salon described as Korean-owned, in which the women were were injured but survived.
The specific motive for the shooting was unknown, although Garcia said it was now a hate crime investigation. Detectives were working to see if there was a ballistics match for all three attacks.
If the root of the attacks turns out to be hate, Garcia said, “That has no place here.”
In the first two attacks, characterized by Garcia as drive-by shootings that appeared to target Asian American businesses, witnesses described a red or burgundy van or vehicle – similar to the brown van described in Wednesday’s shooting .
These first two shootings took place on April 2 and May 10. In the latter case, three people were nearby when shots rang out, but they were not injured, Garcia said.
Wednesday’s shooting, a few Royal Lane addresses from the first attack in Dallas’ northwest neighborhood, was different: A suspect walked into a business and opened fire, hitting all three victims, police said.
Police Sergeant Warren Mitchell said earlier that the three suffered injuries to their extremities and were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
NBC Dallas Fort-Worth reported that the salon was Korean-owned and described the victims as its owner, an employee and a customer – all people of Korean descent.
Garcia said he notified the FBI, the region’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Anti-Defamation League and the Dallas Mayor’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
Garcia said trailers equipped with security cameras would be strategically located and additional, highly visible patrols would be deployed in areas known to have Asian American businesses and residents.
Police are also working with other North Texas departments to determine if other shootings appear similar, Garcia said.
The attacks come at a time when hate crimes against people of Asian descent are skyrocketing.
A coalition of more than 50 Asian American nonprofits announced this week that they are organizing a multicultural march at the National Mall in Washington, DC on June 25.
The rise of anti-Asian hate crimes was among the topics of the protest.
Last week, a report from a number of Asian American advocacy groups found that more Americans now blame Asian Americans for Covid-19 than at the height of the pandemic in 2021. .