Dallas police believe 3 recent shootings at Asian-owned businesses may be connected and hate-motivated
This photo shows the exterior of Hair World Salon in Dallas, where police say Wednesday's shooting took place.
CNN —Dallas police believe three recent shootings at Asian-run businesses in the area may be connected, and may be hate-motivated, Chief Edgardo Garcia said in a Friday news conference.
The latest shooting took place on Wednesday at a Korean-owned hair salon, police said.
At the time, authorities said a suspect ran into the business, shouted something and began shooting.
“At that time in the investigation, we did not have any indication that this crime was hate-motivated.
After reviewing two other incidents, police now believe there’s a connection, partly because of the suspect’s vehicle, the chief said.
In Wednesday’s shooting, a witness described the suspect running back to a red, older-style minivan and speeding away, police said.
A day earlier, a suspect in a burgundy van or car drove by and shot into an Asian-run business, police said.
And roughly a month before those incidents, on April 2, a vehicle drove past a strip mall of Asian-run businesses in what witnesses described as a red minivan, police said.
“Most important, we are turning to every resident of the city of Dallas to keep an eye out and safeguard our city.
Hate has no place here.”Authorities are also asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect.
So far, Dallas police have described the suspect in Wednesday’s shooting as “a Black male approximately 5’7” to 5’10”, with a thin build, curly medium-length hair and a connecting beard.”“We need to get this person in custody,” the chief said.