He didn’t even ask for money. He just came to shoot people

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.

Police have not publicly identified the suspect.

The motive for the shooting is unknown, though Garcia noted that Friday’s case is now a hate crime investigation, just a day after saying “we can say with confidence that hate was not a motivating factor.”

The president said that when he made that comment, the facts had not yet led to a possible link between the shootings.

“Often it takes that long,” he said. “I am very fortunate that our hard working men and women put it together so that we can clarify some things, in an abundance of caution, to give our communities a heads up.”

If the root of the attacks turns out to be hate, Garcia said, “there is no place for it here.”

Investigators are working to find out if there was a ballistic match for the three attacks. The potential link was announced at an afternoon press conference.

The first two attacks occurred on April 2 and May 10, and Garcia described them as a drive-by shooting that appeared to target Asian American companies. Witnesses described a red or burgundy minivan or vehicle in those accidents; A similar older minivan was described in Wednesday’s shooting at the Hair World saloon.

No one was injured in the previous accidents.

The latest shooting occurred not far from the first passing vehicle in the northwest Dallas neighborhood.

Police Sergeant. Warren Mitchell said earlier that the victims had injuries to their limbs and were taken to hospital for non-serious injuries.

Salon owner Chang Hae Jin, 44, was among the injured and said she believed from the start that the shooting was a hate crime.

“It seems particularly targeted because he didn’t ask for money,” she said. “He just came to shoot people.”

Chang said the salon’s front door is usually locked and unlocked for every customer, but work was so busy on Wednesday that the door was left unlocked.

She said she was so traumatized by the violence that she did not return to the store and was not sure when it would reopen.

She said Chang was shot in the left foot, hitting her right foot as she ran away.

Chang said she feels unsafe anywhere in the United States now, and has criticized the proliferation of guns.

A man and seven women were inside the parlor when another owner told her she had seen a man with a gun outside in a parlor mirror.

The South Korean woman, who said she was intimidated by the incident, rushed to shut him down. She said she couldn’t do that before the gunman walked in and started shooting.

She said the partner was injured in three places in her right arm and required a four-hour operation.

Salon owners said the third victim was a customer.

The Dallas police chief 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 the trailers with security cameras will be in a strategic location and that additional, high-definition patrols will be deployed in areas with Asian American businesses and residents.

Garcia said police are also working with other North Texas departments to determine if any other shootings are similar.

the group Tweet stop hate AAPI Thursday, “Our thoughts are with the three Korean women killed by a gunman in Koreatown, Dallas.”

Koreatown is also known as the Asian Trade Zone. The second attack took place at a mall with Asian businesses on Sunnyvale Street, in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, about 20 miles south of Koreatown.

According to the US Census Bureau, Dallas’ population is 4 percent non-white Asian. Not-for-profit tourism organization Visit Dallas It has a much larger population, and it is estimated that over 300,000 in the city of 1.3 million people have Asian heritage.

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.

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