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Dallas shooting in Koreatown could be a hate crime, police chief says


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After authorities initially ruled out hate as a possible motive for a shooting at a Dallas hair salon this week in which three people were injured, a police chief says the incident may have been a crime of hate.

Police Chief Eddie García announced on Friday that the shooting at the Hair World Salon in Dallas on Wednesday may have been racially motivated, the Dallas Morning News reported.

It could also be linked to two other race-related shootings in the city, according to the police chief.

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On Thursday, Garcia said his office could “state with confidence that hate was not a motivating factor” in the shooting, but the office changed its mind amid an “ongoing investigation and a consistent review of officers’ reports written by the department’s Criminal Analysis Unit”.

This photo shows the interior of Hair World Salon in Dallas on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson also raised the possibility that Wednesday’s shooting and previous incidents may have been targeted attacks on the Asian American community.

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Johnson called the incident “chilling and deeply disturbing” and said the city “stands with” the victims, who each suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Dallas shooting in Koreatown could be a hate crime, police chief says

This photo shows the exterior of Hair World Salon in Dallas on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)
(AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)

“I want our city’s Asian American community — which has horribly faced an increase in vitriol in recent years — to know that the City of Dallas and the people of Dallas stand with them,” the mayor said, reported the Dallas Morning News.

The suspect in Wednesday’s attack fled the scene in a red van, which is connected to two other drive-by shootings, including one the previous day about 25 miles from the barbershop, Garcia said.

The other incident happened on April 2, in the same area as the hair salon, he added.

Dallas shooting in Koreatown could be a hate crime, police chief says

This photo shows the interior of Hair World Salon in Dallas on Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)
(AP Photo/Jamie Stengle)

“We look to every resident of the City of Dallas to keep an eye on and protect our city,” Garcia said. “Hate has no place here.”

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The suspect has not yet been apprehended.

“We need to take this person into custody,” added the police chief.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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