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Shooting at a saloon in northwest Dallas may have been a hate crime, police chief says

Police Chief Eddie Garcia said on Friday that the shooting, which injured three women of Korean origins in the barbershop in northwest dallas may have been a hate crime – a day after he said the police had made a decision out hatred as a factor.

On Wednesday, a man fired several shots at the Hair World salon. in block 2200 of Royal lane before the flight in red minivan. Three employees in salon were hit and were hospitalized with injuries that are not life-threatening. One customer was inside and was unharmed.

AT news conference at police headquarters, Garcia said the shooting could be linked to at least two other crimes against the city. community.

first took place on April 2, also in block 2200 of Royal Lane, near Interstate 35E, where three Asian-owned businesses were shot at, but not one was injured. Witnesses reported that driver fled in red minivan.

And on On Tuesday, a man believed to be driving a burgundy van shot an Asian man.run business in block 4800 of Sunnyvale Street, off East Ledbetter Drive in east Oak Cliff. Three people were inside but were not injured, police said.

Broken mirror in Hair World salon. on Thursday.(Rebecca Slezak / staff photographer)

On Thursday, Garcia said the authorities had done their due diligence and that the police could “say with confidence that hate was not a motivating factor.” in Shooting Wednesday. But on On Friday, the boss said that the position of the department changed as of “ongoing investigation and consistent review of officer reports made Department crime block of analysis.

“From of abundance of caution,” Garcia said he achieved out agencies, including the FBI, the North Texas Joint Counterterrorism Team, and other local departments, to determine if there are any additional crimes. in their jurisdictions may be related.

The Department also was in contact with local Asian community and business leaders, Texoma office of The Anti-Defamation League and the hatred of Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson crime Advisory Board.

In a written statement, Johnson said it was “frightening and deeply disturbing”. know that the shooting could be hate crime.

“I want our cityasian-american community – which is terrible faced growing vitriol in recent years – to know what a city of Dallas and people of Dallas booth with them,” the mayor said.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, a Democrat whose district includes the salon, said: “Dallas will not tolerate hatred of our Asian community”.

Lily Triu, Executive Director director of advocacy in Austin group Asian Texans for Justice, told her organization appreciated that Garcia was listening to the community’s concerns and looking into whether Wednesday’s shooting was related to other violence.

“We are pleased that all three victims are safe and in recovery but this of attack makes all of our community I feel unsafe,” Trieu said.

Shooting at a saloon in northwest Dallas may have been a hate crime, police chief says
Dallas police said the man in the photo in this image is believed to have taken three women at the barbershop in block 2200 of Royal Lane.(Dallas Police Department)

Charles Park, Korean-American activist from in North Texas, said he thought Dallas police had realized it was too soon to dismiss the shooting as hate. crime.

“It’s going to be a long way to resolve this issuebut this one step in right direction, I think,” he said.

brian kim, secretary general of Korean American Chamber of Greater Dallas of Trade – a group whose main priority is ensure safety Korean-owned businesses,” the Dallas police said. should take steps provide more security in in area.

“If this is a hate crime, we are really worried about security because there are a lot of Korean businesses on Royal Lane,” Kim said. “They are want be safe and protected.”

Moving forward Garcia said the department would using observation camera trailers and increased patrolling in certain areas that have been or may be attacked.

Police describe the shooter in Shooting on Wednesday from 5-7 to 5-10, with thin build, medium length curly hair and beard. He was wearing all black- said the police.

The chief of police said that the authorities are divided information about possible motives for shooting in hopes this generates enough action to lead for arrest.

“We appeal to every citizen in in city of Dallas to follow out and protect our city,” he said. “Hatred has no place here. … If you see something, say something.”

hatred crime to find in Texas reinforces possible punishment for a crime. For example, a second serious crime of a medium degree is usually punished by a term of two to 20 years. in prison. But if the jury believes that the act was a hate crime, the penalty increases to range for and first criminal liability: from five to 99 years or life imprisonment.

But it might be hard to prove the incident was a hate crime, and such cases usually take more investigative work than non-hate crimes.

That’s what know about the shooting in which 3 were injured women at the Dallas showroom

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