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Dallas show shooting may be linked to broader attacks on Asian businesses

No one has been arrested in any of these cases.

The community where filming of the show took place is known as the Asian Commercial District and is in the city’s Koreatown. It is home to a growing Asian American population, and signs for Korean hair salons and Korean barbecue shops can be seen along the busy Royal Lane.

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up nearly 4% of Dallas’ population, or 48,278 people, according to the U.S. Census.

The Dallas Police Department has long had a unit made up of officers who speak languages ​​such as Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog, as part of an effort to address crime issues in Asian neighborhoods. Despite these efforts, police officials said many crimes against Asian Americans still go unreported.

Chief Garcia said Friday the department would increase patrols in Asian neighborhoods in the city. “Hate has no place here,” he said.

Across the country, there was a disturbing wave of crimes targeting Asian Americans at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with 279 “biased incidents” in 2020, compared to 158 in 2019, according to data published by the FBI

An organization that collects data on bias crimes against Asian Americans, Stop AAPI Hate, said it received 10,905 reports of hate-related attacks from March 2020 to the end of last year. Verbal harassment made up the largest portion of reported attacks, followed by physical attacks, according to the organization.

Dallas elected officials said they are committed to supporting the city’s Asian community.

“The Southeast Asian and Asian community in North Texas is growing and culturally and politically significant, and I am truly saddened by anything that would make them feel like a persecuted demographic here,” said the State Sen. Nathan Johnson, a Democrat who represents the area.

That a barbershop was targeted inspired initial comparisons to the high-profile murders in the Atlanta area last year, when a gunman rampaged through three spas and killed eight people, for most women of Asian descent. The suspect, Robert Aaron Long, who was 21 at the time, later told police he had frequented similar massage parlors because he had a “sex addiction” and performed the shots to eliminate his “temptation”.

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