A shooting at a hair salon in Dallas that injured three Korean-American women may be part of a series of shootings targeting Asian businesses, police said Friday.
Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said a similar vehicle was used in three recent shootings, including Wednesday’s attack on a hair salon described as Korean-owned, in which the women were injured but survived.
The exact motive behind the shooting was not known, although Garcia noted that this is now a hate crime investigation. Investigators were working to see if there was a match in ballistics for all three attacks.
If the root of the attacks turns out to be hate, Garcia said, “there is no place for it here.”
In the first two attacks, which Garcia described as drive-by shootings that appeared to target Asian American businesses, witnesses described a red or burgundy minivan — similar to the maroon minivan described at the Wednesday shooting.
The first shootings occurred on 2 April and 10 May. In the latter case, three people were nearby when the shooting broke out, but they were not injured, Garcia said.
Wednesday’s shooting, just a few addresses on Royal Lane from the first attack in a northwest Dallas neighborhood, was different: A suspect entered a store and opened fire, hitting the three victims, police said.
Police Sergeant. Warren Mitchell said earlier that the three had injuries to their limbs and were taken to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
NBC Dallas Fort Worth It stated that the salon was owned by Koreans and described the victims as its owner, employee and customer – all people of Korean origin.
Garcia said he notified the FBI, the District’s Joint Counterterrorism Task Force, the Anti-Defamation League and the Dallas Mayor’s Hate Crimes Task Force.
Garcia said trailers equipped with security cameras will be in strategic locations, and additional, high-definition patrols will be deployed in areas known for their business and Asian American populations.
Garcia said police are also working with other North Texas departments to determine if any other shootings are similar.
The attacks come at a time when hate crimes against people of Asian descent are on the rise.
A coalition of more than 50 Asian American nonprofits announced this week that they are organizing a multicultural rally at the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., on June 25.
A rise in hate crimes against Asians was among the themes of the demonstration.
Last week, a report by a number of Asian American advocacy groups found that more Americans now blame Asian Americans for Covid-19 than they did at the height of the pandemic in 2021.