Dallas Koreatown Barber Shop Shooting Suspect Arrested: NPR
Rebecca Slezak/The Dallas Morning News via AP
DALLAS (Reuters) – Dallas police have arrested a suspect in connection with a shooting that injured three women at a hair salon in the city’s Koreatown and federal officials have launched a hate crime investigation, it said on Tuesday. authorities.
The Dallas Police Department said the suspect is being questioned and being treated, and Chief Eddie Garcia is expected to release additional information about the arrest later today.
Garcia said last Wednesday’s shooting at the Hair World Salon may be linked to two other shootings at businesses run by Asian Americans in the region.
Also on Tuesday, the FBI said it had opened a federal hate crime investigation with federal prosecutors in Texas and the US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.
Dallas FBI spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said agents were working with city police “to fully investigate this incident,” but she couldn’t provide more information because the investigation is ongoing.
The shooting in Dallas happened days before a white gunman killed 10 black people Saturday at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and a gunman who authorities say was motivated by political hatred toward Taiwan, kills one person and injures five on Sunday in southern California. church where mostly elderly Taiwanese parishioners had gathered.
In Dallas, authorities said a man dressed in black opened fire on the living room and then drove out of the mall in a brown van. Garcia said investigators found a similar vehicle had been reported as involved in two other recent shootings. Someone opened fire during a drive-by April 2 near the living room, and Garcia said the van was also linked to a May 10 shooting about 40 kilometers southeast of there. No one was injured in either of these shootings.
The three women who were shot at the show on Wednesday were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The living room shooter seemed calm, a victim told his daughter
Jane Bae, the daughter of one of the injured women, told The Associated Press last week that her mother said she did not recognize the gunman who calmly entered the living room, opened fire and then left.
“He was calm. He just walked over and stood there – didn’t walk around – but stood there and fired like 20 rounds and then walked out calmly,” said Bae, who n was not there but had spoken with his mother.
The salon is in the heart of Koreatown, which sits in a part of town that was transformed in the 1980s from an industrial area to a thriving neighborhood with shops, restaurants, markets, doctors’ surgeries and salons .
Anti-Asian violence has increased sharply in recent years. Last year, six Asian women were among eight killed in shootings at massage businesses in and around Atlanta, heightening anger and fear among Asian Americans.