DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police Chief Eddie García says the suspect wanted in a barber shop shooting may be responsible for other violent crimes in the predominantly Korean American community. He also said the shooting in the living room was a possible hate crime.
Three Korean women were injured on May 11 when a suspect opened fire at the Hair World Salon at 2216 Royal Lane.
On Thursday, May 12, García said he did not believe the shooting, which occurred in an area of northwest Dallas called the Asian Trade District, was a hate crime. A day later, however, he had changed his mind. But he did not explain why to reporters.
“It could be motivated by hate. We must, as in any other case where we feel that a part of our community is being attacked for a reason of hate, we will exercise a great deal of caution. Hatred has no out of place here the minute we see this, we’re going to do what we have to do,” García said.
The suspect matches the description of the person sought in an April 2 drive-by shooting at the same mall where Hair World Salon is located.
Several federal agencies will assist the police department in the investigation.